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Dog Food and Nutrition for the American Staffordshire Terrier
The AKC classes this dog as an American Staffordshire
Terrier and the UKC classes the dog as an American Pit Bull
Terrier. The difference between the American Staffordshire
Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier under American
standards is that the Staffordshire has a larger bone
structure, weight and head size in general.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an agile, muscular,
stocky dog that is very strong for its relative size. It has
a powerful broad head, short muzzle and extremely strong
The ears can be either cropped or uncropped depending on the
owner's preference. If you plan to show the dog it is
preferred that the ears are cropped. The eyes are black and
round. The teeth should come together in a scissors bite.
The coat of an American Staffordshire Terrier is shiny,
short and thick. Any coat color is accepted but the dog must
be at least eighty percent white. The tail should taper to a
This dog is naturally a confident, happy, outgoing and
stable dog. They are loving and gentle towards their people.
Most Staffordshire Terriers are affectionate, amusing, loyal
and good natured. Well socialized dogs of this breed are
generally good around children and adults of all ages.
An American Staffordshire Terrier likes to please its master
and will almost always obey well. They are intelligent and
courageous and make good watch dogs.
They will fight to defend when provoked to attack and will
persistently and courageously do so. Staffordshire Terriers
have a very high tolerance for pain. They are very
protective of their people and their people's property. This
dog has been known to defend its owner to the death when the
owner is threatened.
These dogs not only make great guard dogs but they are also
very good companion dogs if the owner knows how to provide a
dog with a strong leader who is firm, consistent and kind.
This way the dog's position is clearly defined and it will
not have any insecurity or uncertainty as to what its
responsibility in the pack may be.
Picture of American Staffordshire Terrier
Nutritional Requirements for American Staffordshire
Jane R. Bicks, D.V.M.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a muscular
Mack truck that makes a wonderful companion.
Because of their need to chew, make sure that
Kong Toys or other non-destructible items are
A large meat bone, absolutely too big to be
swallowed, will clean his teeth and satisfy his
need to chew
Leaving your dog's food available all day (not
to exceed manufacturer's recommended daily amount)
may decrease his hunger so he chews his food
and cleans his teeth.
Brewer's yeast with garlic will help keep the
skin and coat healthy looking.
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