Rabu, 07 Desember 2011

All About the American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Breed

The American Staffordshire Terrier is an American breed that is known for their loyalty and their protective nature. They are a mid-sized breed that can grow up to 19 inches tall and weigh up to about 50 pounds when fully grown. They have a short, smooth coat that can range in color from brindle, fawn, black, blue, white, or red. Some of the health issues that you will need to watch out for with this breed are hip dysplasia, hives, and insect bites. If cared for properly and given the right nutrition this breed can live to be about 12 years of age.

Characteristic and behavior of the American Staffordshire Terrier

Even though this breed was developed as a fighting dog they make for loving pets. If you are interested in this breed and have small children then you will want to get your American Staffordshire Terrier as a puppy and raise it with your kids from an early age. This breed does not get along well with small pets like cats, ducks, and rabbits because it has a natural hunting personality.

Care and grooming of the American Staffordshire terrier

To care for and groom this breed you will need to brush only occasionally when needed. Dry shampoo is a good option with this breed as they are prone to skin conditions. They will also need daily exercise that challenges their muscle strength and endurance. Also, because of their natural hunting behavior they need to be trained properly to reduce negative confrontations with children and other small animals.

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