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American Staffordshire Terrier


The dog is the only living being that has found and recognizes an indubitable, tangible and definite god. He knows to whom above him to give himself. 
 - Maurice Maeterlinck

American Staffordshire Terrier puppy

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American Staffordshire Terrier adult
Am Ch Jumpstart My Heart at RCA TT,CGC

Descended from bulldogs and terriers bred for dog fighting, the American Staffordshire Terrier was also used in the dog pits. 

Although he resembles the American Pit Bull Terrier he is a separate and distinct breed who has had all aggressive tendencies bred out of him over the past 50 years. 

Created in the 1800s in the USA, and once known as the Yankee Terrier, the "Am Staff" is now an affectionate and loving family pet.

Compact and powerfully built, the Am Staff stands up to 19 inches at the shoulder. He has a short, smooth, coat that comes in any colour or combination of colours. Grooming needs are minimal. He cannot be exposed to extremes in temperature for extended periods of time.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a fearless and courageous dog. Despite his roots, today the Am Staff is patient, reliable, loving, and extremely devoted to his family. Known for being good with children, the Am Staff is gentle and good natured enough to accept their sometimes rough play. A loyal companion, the Am Staff tolerates other household pets well. The Am Staff is a very versatile breed with an eager to please personality. Am Staffs excel at weight pulling, tracking, agility, flyball, and as therapy dogs to children, the elderly and the infirm. Am Staffs are also used as farm dogs and many work on TV commericals. Remember Pete the pup from the TV comedy "Our Gang"? He was an Am Staff. 

Intelligent, alert, and strong-willed, he benefits from early obedience training and socialization. Training can be a challenge for the inexperienced dog owner. His terrier nature requires an owner who is strong and confident without being overbearing. The Am Staff has a high activity level and needs daily exercise. He can live well in either the city or country but must have a fenced backyard.


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The American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Canada

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CKC American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Lisa Wysminity, Jumpstart Reg'd




Lisa Wysminity
Box 1052
Tofield, AB  T0B 4J0

Jumpstart Reg'd



Ann Mathews
4-415 Keats Way
Waterloo, ON  N2L 5S7
(519) 885-0542

Golden Triangle Amstaffs


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Cathy Prothro-Short
351 Pleasant Street
Dartmouth, NS   B2Y 3S4
(902) 463-5845

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Did you know?

The most decorated dog 
of World War II was an American Staffordshire Terrier named Stubby
who earned the rank of Sergeant.


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