The short, stiff coat is an easy keeper.
AmStaffs are stocky, muscular bull-type terriers standing 17 to 19 inches at the shoulder. The head is broad, the jaws well defined, the cheekbones pronounced, and the dark, round eyes are set wide apart. AmStaff movement is agile and graceful, with a springy gait that advertises the breed’s innate confidence. The AmStaff’s glossy wash-and-wear coat comes in many colors and patterns.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Am Staff is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Using a short soft-bristle brush will bring the best sheen out in their coats. Bathing them on a regular basis will also keep them in good health. They are wonderful house dogs with the added bonus of being very clean with very little shedding. Trimming their nails should be done regularly to prevent nails from growing too long and making it difficult to walk. Ears should be checked regularly for any debris that may cause an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Am Staffers describe their dogs as keenly aware of their surroundings, up for anything, and lovable “personality dogs” around the house. Am Staffs are highly trainable, as their many forays into showbiz suggest. (Petey, in the old Our Gang comedies, was an Am Staff.) When acquiring an Am Staff, there’s only one way to go: Do your homework and find an experienced AKC breeder. A responsibly bred Am Staff, socialized from puppyhood and trained with a firm but loving touch, is a loyal, trustworthy friend to the end.
American Staffordshire Terrier &HEALTH
There are some instances of mild hip dysplasia and some types of cardiac disease. Responsible breeders screen for these conditions in their breeding stock. Instances of skin and coat allergies, which are attributed to immune system weaknesses, also have been found.The breed has been afflicted with an inherited disease, Cerebellar Ataxia, that causes a progressive decline in muscle or voluntary coordination (ataxia). This neurological disease shows first signs of appearing usually between 3 and 5 years of age.
Affected dogs typically show loss of balance, difficulty cornering, and falling when shaking their head. After many years of research in this area, a screening test has been developed to identify those dogs affected as well as carriers of the gene that causes the disease. Good breeders utilize this genetic testing on their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.