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The Terrier Breeds

Terriers are among the most diverse breeds, ranging from the tiny toy Yorkie to the large Airedale. Originally developed to hunt and trap small game, the group has largely changed its role in human life over the past 200 years. But the wide range of size, temperament and appearance has caused terriers to continue to be among the most popular group in the world.

Even within a single subset, such as the smaller breeds, variety is everywhere with terriers. Jack Russells look and behave very differently from Westies. A Scottie and a Yorkie are roughly the same size, but have very different attitudes in detail, while still retaining many general terrier characteristics.

Medium-sized terriers, such as the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Welsh Terrier could hardly look more different. To the novice, it would be hard to find reasons to put them into the same category. Yet both have similar lineage, being developed not far from one another by modern measurements of distance.

Larger terriers look still more different from their smaller cousins. The Airedale, the Lakeland Terrier and the Irish Terrier are much more similar to one another, in appearance and behavior, than they are to the smaller breeds. Yet, a Kerry Blue – while much larger than the Scottie – was bred in similar circumstances and show common behaviors. That shows in the stance, the coat and other attributes, such as their high spirits and able mountain herding ability.

These are all very different from others that carry the terrier name. The Border Terrier resembles a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, even though the former is quite a bit taller. Both have the same square head, close coat and highly alert nature. Yet, you could hardly find two terriers more closely related, while looking dissimilar, than the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire-Haired Fox.

This ‘similarity within diversity’ is no accident, of course. Originally bred to hunt, many breeds were narrowed to perform that service for a group of prey that is equally varied. Fox and rabbit are similar enough to be hunted by the same breed. But animals that live above ground, such as tree squirrels, require a different technique.

That variation took on even larger dimensions as the generations went by and hunting became much less common. Everything from sports contests to film production, from watchdog and drug-sniffing duty to Border Patrol has called terriers into action. Breeding a dog to perform services for the deaf is naturally going to take a very different turn from one who will simply be a family pet.

Tastes in terriers run as wide a range as the breeds. Some like the portability and cute look of a little Westie. Others will find their hearts stolen by a miniature schnauzer, with their floppy ears and quizzical look. Still others can’t resist the sweet good nature of an Airedale and enjoy their tall, proud stance and beautiful appearance.

But whether one’s taste runs to the Manchester, looking a lot like a Doberman, or preference is for the tiny Norfolk, there’s a terrier just right for you.

About the American Staffordshire Terrier

Since the American Staffordshire Terrier is famous for its fighting ability, it is no wonder that this powerful breed has a muscular build. However, there is much more to this breed than its unfortunate heritage as an aggressive fighter. Many Staffordshire Terrier lovers praise this breed’s affectionate and loyal family nature.

The Staffordshire Terrier was developed by crossing the Bulldog and several terriers. The ancestors of today’s dog were known as the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, Half and Half, and at times Pit Dog or Pit Bull Terrier. This breed was later given the name Staffordshire Terrier, after the English Region of Staffordshire where it was first developed.

It was not until 1870 that these dogs were brought to America. American Breeders preferred this strong, agile breed as a fighting dog and worked to increase the weight of the dog. They also concentrated on enlarging the breed’s head size. When dog fighting became illegal in the USA, American breeders developed two strains of the Staffordshire Terrier.

One strain was developed as a show dog that is today’s American Staffordshire Terrier. The other strain was developed as a fighting dog and is classified as the American Pit Bull Terrier. Despite the best efforts of animal control officials and animal lovers, the American Pit Bull Terrier is still used as an illegal fighting dog in North America.

The Staffordshire Terriers were first accepted for registration in the AKC in 1936, as members of the Terrier group. The name of the breed was officially revised in 1972 to American Staffordshire Terrier. At this time, the AKC made a distinction between the Staffordshire Bull Terrier of England and the American Staffordshire Terrier.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very muscular and powerful dog with a large bone structure. This solidly built breed weighs between 57-67 pounds. While this breed may have the look and build of a fighter, it is actually very loving and protective of its family.

American Staffordshire Terriers are not ideal apartment dogs, but they will survive in this situation if the owner of this active breed has the energy and stamina to keep up with the dog. These dogs are very active, so will need to take frequent long walks.

A home with a securely fenced yard is a better fit for the breed. However, the Staffordshire Terrier is sensitive to cold and does need to have a warm environment, so during winter months you should be prepared to bring your dog indoors after it burns off some energy with a romp in the yard.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a gentle happy, outgoing dog. This breed plays well with children and relates well to adults. However, you should never leave young children or other pets in an unsupervised situation with any big, strong dog.

These dogs make excellent guard dogs, since they are territorial and very protective. The breed’s original fighting qualities are still evident toward enemies and intruders to the owner’s property. These dogs should be socialized so they accept guests and other animals. Early training, while your dog is still a puppy and you are stronger, is a must. This dog lives to please its owner, but may be hard to housebreak.

The American Staffordshire breed is generally healthy. However, this breed should receive yearly health screenings to rule out some hereditary traits like cataracts and congenital heart disease. These dogs are also prone to hip dysplasia, so be sure to ask your breeder if the parents have been screened for this hereditary trait, as well.

The short coat of the American Staffordshire Terrier is easy to groom. Brushing your dog’s coat on a regular basis to remove loose hair should suffice, since the breed does not shed profusely. You should also brush its teeth once a day and clip its nails if they don’t wear down on their own.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a protective and loving dog that will wholeheartedly protect its beloved family. These characteristics may just make this breed an excellent choice for you.



By Kent Pinkerton

Pit Bulls can be termed as America’s most-loved as well as most-feared dogs at the same time. American homes have always had pit bulls as worthy affectionate pets, but a series of mauling incidents over the years have created paranoia about this dog breed all over the nation.

The term ‘Pit Bull’ is a term referring to three breeds of dogs: the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Their combinations are also called as Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls were originally from England. The American Pit Bull Terrier was imported to America from England in the 19th century. Out of all the Pit Bull breeds, the American Staffordshire Terrier, simply called as the AmStaff is a descendent of the English bulldog, which was specifically raised for fighting. All Pit Bulls are characterized by their short stocky but strong bodies. They have wide mouths with long hanging tongues.

Pit Bulls are considered to be the most athletic dogs in the world. They are descendents of the bear and bull fighting dogs used by cowboys in the past. Pit Bulls can hold a bull by biting it on the nose and hence the term ‘to take a bull by its nose’. However, Pit Bulls are also considered to be very affectionate towards children. Various families that own Pit Bulls swear that pit bulls are the best breed of dogs around children and they take an instant and instinctive liking towards them.

Pit Bulls are temperamentally aggressive dogs. Some kennels breed the dogs for dogfights, which are still conducted in spite of the fact that such fights are illegal. Even an ordinary Pit Bull wouldn’t flinch to attack other dogs and sometimes even people if left loose. Several Pit Bulls at the kennels bear scars, which indicate that they may have been involved in scrapes in the past.

Due to their ferocity and violent disposition, Pit Bulls are being banned from various cities and states, Ontario in Canada being one of them. The remnants of them are being spayed, neutered and also treated with euthanasia. Undoubtedly, this has created a furor among dog lovers all over.

Dog lovers condemn the mercilessness of the way in which Pit Bulls are being treated. They maintain that Pit Bulls are just as aggressive as other dogs, and in the midst of caring and loving owners, they become so mellow that they even be placed with toddlers without worry. The problem lies with the owner, not the dog. Pit Bulls who are uncared for and bred poorly often become vicious. Also a single act by some Pit Bull does not speak for the whole breed. Pit Bull lovers are trying their best to save the Pit Bulls via signature campaigns and slogans like “Punish the deed; not the breed.”

Pit Bulls have become the center of a tug-of-war between the authorities and animal lovers. Once a most amiable and well-loved breed, today it is looked upon as a monster by many. The future of the breed, which was once it’s most-loved remains enveloped in doubt.

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American Staffordshire Terrier Complete Profile

American Staffordshire Terrier Complete Profile

American Staffordshire Terrier

Key Facts:

Size: Medium
Height: 43 – 48 cm (17 – 19 inches)
Weight: 18 – 23 kg (40 – 50 lb)
Life Span: 12 years
Grooming: Easy
Exercise: Medium
Feeding: Medium
Temperament: Fearless & dependable
Country of Origin: United States
AKC Group: Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is bold, fearless, outgoing, confident, loyal and intelligent. The American Staffordshire Terrier loves to please its owner and thrives on praise from its family. They get along well with people of all ages, especially with children. American Staffordshire Terriers make good guard dogs and have tremendous courage. However, due to this trait some people have trained them as fight dogs, but American Staffordshire Terriers can make docile pets when properly trained.

American Staffordshire Terriers need minimal grooming with their short coats. A quick brush is sufficient to keep the skin and coat healthy.

Regular exercise is necessary on a daily basis. American Staffordshire Terriers enjoy running alongside a cycle and playing ball games.

The origins are similar to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – blendings of the Bulldog, Black and Tan Terrier and an old white English Terrier. In 1870, they came to America and quickly became invaluable to families as guard dogs. Because the breeders preferred a slightly larger specimen than the early English Staffordshire Terriers, in 1972 the American Kennel Club permitted the word American to be added to their title to differentiate them from the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Broad-chested, muscular and agile.
Colour: Whole colour, parti-coloured or patched. White not to cover more than 80% of the body.
Coat: Smooth, short, dense and glossy
Tail: Moderately short and low set.
Ears: Rose-shaped and semi-erect.
Body: The heavy neck runs to a fairly short, slightly sloping back. The chest is broad and deep.

Additional Comments:

American Staffordshire Terriers are a very devoted and protective breed that can be great family pets, so long as the correct training is provided at an early age. Otherwise they can become overly boisterous as well as aggressive towards other dogs.


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