From puppies to full-grown, The American Staffordshire Terrier is simply a bundle of love. As we continue to explore the Top 10 Dog Breeds in South Africa, we have listed the reason why we think this gorgeous pooch qualifies.
Loyalty, intelligence, gentleness, and well-naturedness are just some of the main characteristics that describe the American Staffordshire terrier breed. Amstaffs or Staffies, as they are so affectionately known, are incredible dogs and despite the negative stigma and stereotypical views, this breed is a family-friendly option.
Amstaffs originated in the UK, but the underlying breeds have long been argued in history. What we can note, and what experts have acknowledged is that Amstaffs are a combination of the pure incredible strength that resonates in the Bulldog, and the witty nature and sass of the terrier breeds.
Amstaffs have garnered a bad reputation for aggression and violence, however, this stigma grew from their history of being trained to fight and kill other animals in illegal dog fighting pits. In spite of this, researchers and animal rights activists have worked hard to prove that Amstaffs are completely the opposite, and are prone to being playful and nurturing. The most aggressive behaviour that you will probably see, is your Staffy attacking and destroying your couch.
Another myth is that of jaw-locking. In fact, no dog breed or any other animal can physically lock their jaw – the bite force is pure strength.
Amstaffs are quite well known for their significant loyalty and provide an amazing helping hand in a farm environment. They also make great dogs for suburban living, as long as they have a big enough yard to run around and play in. Amstaffs need consistent development and stimulation through long walks, hikes, playing and swimming. They are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and are easy to train. These qualities make them one of the best companions if you love the outdoors and adventures that your dog can join in.
Grooming needs: Low grooming
Life expectancy: 10 – 14 years
Temperament: Aggressive (towards other animals), Courageous, Intelligent, Loyal, Playful, Protective, Social
Suggested Tests: Cardiac, OFA
Litter Size: 5-10 puppies
Great toys for stimulation for these doggos are tyres and other options that aren’t easily destructed. It is also recommended to send this breed for obedience training and puppy school. If you can, explore their background and look for KUSA registration.
If you want a dog that is excellent with kids, very playful, and loyal towards your family, then the Amstaff breed is perfect for you!
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