American Staffordshire Terrier Complete Profile

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Size: Medium Height: 43 - 48 cm (17 - 19 inches) Weight: 18 - 23 kg (40 - 50 lb) Life Span: 12 years Grooming: Easy Exercise: Medium Feeding: Medium Temperament: Fearless & dependable Country of Origin: United States AKC Group: Terrier

Temperament: The American Staffordshire Terrier is bold, fearless, outgoing, confident, loyal and intelligent. The American Staffordshire Terrier loves to please its owner and thrives on praise from its family. They get along well with people of all ages, especially with children. American Staffordshire Terriers make good guard dogs and have tremendous courage. However, due to this trait some people have trained them as fight dogs, but American Staffordshire Terriers can make docile pets when properly trained.

Grooming: American Staffordshire Terriers need minimal grooming with their short coats. A quick brush is sufficient to keeprepparttar skin and coat healthy.

Exercise: Regular exercise is necessary on a daily basis. American Staffordshire Terriers enjoy running alongside a cycle and playing ball games.

History: The origins are similar torepparttar 147979 Staffordshire Bull Terrier blendings ofrepparttar 147980 Bulldog, Black and Tan Terrier and an old white English Terrier. In 1870, they came to America and quickly became invaluable to families as guard dogs. Becauserepparttar 147981 breeders preferred a slightly larger specimen thanrepparttar 147982 early English Staffordshire Terriers, in 1972repparttar 147983 American Kennel Club permittedrepparttar 147984 word American to be added to their title to differentiate them fromrepparttar 147985 English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

American Pit Bull Terrier Complete Profile

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Size: Medium Height: 46 - 56 cm (18 - 22 inches) Weight: 14 - 36 kg (30 - 80 lb) Life Span: 12 years Grooming: Easy Exercise: Demanding Feeding: Medium Temperament: Confident & exuberant Country of Origin: United States AKC Group: Not registered Other Names: Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull

Temperament: The American Pit Bull Terrier is confident, eager, enthusiastic, loyal, courageous, gentle and loving. American Pit Bull Terriers usually display some level of aggression toward other dogs and have tremendous strength. Therefore these dogs need a firm owner who can provide proper training and socialization. American Pit Bull Terriers are known for their love of children and it is uncharacteristic for them to show any aggression towards humans. They are not good guard dogs as they are generally friendly with strangers. If American Pit Bull Terriers have early contact with household pets they should get along without any problems. American Pit Bull Terriers can make excellent, loving and protective companions with early obedience training and socialization.

Grooming: Periodic grooming with a firm bristle brush (particularly whenrepparttar coat is shedding) is sufficient forrepparttar 147978 American Pit Bull Terrier. Rubbingrepparttar 147979 coat with a piece of toweling or chamois will bring outrepparttar 147980 natural shine.

Exercise: American Pit Bull Terriers need a considerable amount of daily exercise. These dogs should be kept on a leash unless within a controlled environment to prevent any aggessive interactions with other dogs. American Pit Bull Terriers enjoy running alongside a bike, which is a good activity for them to burn energy.

History: The American Pit Bull Terrier evolved fromrepparttar 147981 Staffordshire Bull Terrier and other fighting dogs includingrepparttar 147982 extinct fighting Bulldog. Their ancestors were brought torepparttar 147983 Unites States inrepparttar 147984 mid - 1800's by Boston-Irish immigrants. They were originally bred to be fighting dogs until bull baiting was banned in England in 1835. There are differences inrepparttar 147985 classification of this breed between different countries. The American Kennel Club considersrepparttar 147986 American Staffordshire Terrier as a separate and distinct breed fromrepparttar 147987 American Pit Bull Terrier, yetrepparttar 147988 United Kennel Club registers both breeds as American Pit Bull Terriers (APBTs).

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