American Staffordshire Terrier

Breed history
The American Staffordshire Terrier or the Amstaff comes from crosses of dogs made initially for fighting. He is not from Great Britain but Canada. It comes more precisely from the cross between the Bull-and-Terrier and the Blue Paul Terrier, two breeds that no longer exist today. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that American breeders developed their lineage by mixing breeds. The latter also made a greater variety of it, notably with the essential Pitbull (used as a fighting dog at the time).

The Amstaff was notably used at the beginning of the 19th century in traditional dog fights across the Channel before they were banned. At the beginning of the 20th century, his breed was on the verge of extinction when he was brought back to the fore in the United States, where American breeders developed him along with Pitbulls. He was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 but was then called Staffordshire Terrier. The term American will only be attributed to it in 1972. They appeared in France in 1987.

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