Proportionate to height but approximately 57 pounds
Any color, either solid, parti, or patched, is permissible, but the dog should not be more than 80 percent white.
When raised and trained with respect and knowledge, there is no finer companion than the American Staffordshire Terrier, who is a confident, stable, good-natured and loving dog toward people - as long as he is socialized from an early age. Intelligent, humorous and easily trained, his keen personality soon wins people over. He is absolutely loyal to his family and would lay down his life to protect them.
The adaptable American Staffordshire Terrier can do well in cities, towns and the country. He is energetic and has a high activity level, often running in a spirited fashion from room to room. He requires a securely fenced yard and should not be walked off-lead. He does best with an active owner who is willing to put in the time to exercise and socialize him.
The AmStaff is adept at agility, obedience and weight-pulling.
A growing AmStaff needs several walks a day to keep him physically fit and mentally challenged. The walks should also be occasions to properly introduce your AmStaff to different people so that he becomes socialized.
The AmStaff should be fed a high-quality diet with a good protein source.
Responsive and smart, the AmStaff is a relatively easy breed to train and has excelled in many areas that demand a high level of aptitude. A training issue with him can be others' perceptions of him, making being out with your AmStaff - who needs the exposure to all sorts of people and places to help him be a confident, trusting adult - sometimes difficult.
AmStaffs are naturally protective of the children in their family and make good playmates, especially when socialized from an early age; supervision with strange children is mandatory. AmStaffs may be aggressive with other dogs, and their prey drive makes them unsuitable for a home with small pets.
The average life span of the AmStaff is 9 to 15 years. Health concerns may include allergies; cancer; cataracts; congenital heart disease; hip dysplasia; hives; hypothyroidism; progressive retinal atrophy (PRA); and spinocerebellar ataxia.
The breed's short, smooth coat is easily managed with regular brushing with a firm-bristled brush, an occasional bath and a vigorous rubdown with a soft towel. He is an average shedder.
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