American Staffordshire Terrier – Rehabilitation
The history of the American Staffordshire Terrier began more than three hundred years ago. The breed was obtained as a result of crossing the Old English bulldog and the terrier. The goal was to obtain a dog that combines the best qualities of both breeds: the strength and courage of a bulldog, the speed of reaction and the assertiveness of a terrier.
Efforts of breeders have been crowned with success – a massive and powerful dog has been put out, while quite mobile and dexterous. The very first name of the breed is the bull and terrier.
Europe captured the fashion for dog fights, so much attention was paid to the fighting qualities of dogs. Somewhat later, dog fights gained popularity in the United States.
There are two versions of the development of the breed: some experts believe that the Bull and Terrier has no admixtures of extraneous rocks, others argue that the brought in the US bull and terriers actively interbreed with aboriginal fighting dogs to enhance their working qualities.
Somewhat later, having evaluated the dignity of the breed, farmers began to use the bull and terrier, as guard dogs, and very successfully. For this reason, the breeders headed for the breeding of larger animals.
In the early 1900s a breed standard was developed, so the exteriors turned out to be the focus of breeders’ attention. The result of the work was the acquisition of the American Staffordshire Terrier (amstaff), which possesses both fighting and exhibition qualities. At the same time, his appearance remained completely identical to the parameters of the bull and terrier.
In Russia, the first representatives of amstaffs appeared in the 80’s and 90’s.
Their popularity has generated a massive import of dogs that do not meet standards, and sometimes even simply culling. The result was a lot of animals with unstable psyche, which gave rise to a stereotype in the minds of people that the American Staffordshire Terrier is pathologically aggressive and in general is a “killer dog”. This did not have a positive impact on the reputation of the breed, besides, the media are actively heating up such a negative.
Experts believe that the aggressiveness of this breed is not peculiar at all. The cause of the tragic cases is the wrong upbringing of the animal, when it is purposefully taught to attack people. Therefore, the owner of amstaff is extremely important to realize the need for competent training, only then it is possible to get an adequate, educated dog.
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