American Staffordshire Terrier

Also known as a pit bull, I’m a popular yet often misunderstood dog. I’m gentle, playful, and good with children. I also can be quite affectionate and dislike being alone. At the same time I can be proud, stubborn, and fearless when the need arises—usually out of concern for my family, whose attention means everything to me. I do well with strangers as long as family members are close, though I’m less friendly with other dogs or pets. I’m highly intelligent and learn commands easily.

I’m a medium-sized but powerful breed, standing 17 to 19 inches in height and weighing about 55 to 65 pounds. My stiff, shiny coat can be red, blue, brown, gray, black and white, or brindle. Periodic brushing and an occasional bath and towel-dry will keep my muscular form looking shiny and ship-shape. I’m fairly energetic and do require regular, vigorous exercise.

Generally I’m a healthy breed but can be slightly susceptible to hip dysplasia and cardiac disease. As a puppy, I should be tested for inherited cerebellar ataxia disease. You should also know that I do have a high threshold for pain, meaning you will need to keep an extra eye out for any unusual behavior that might suggest problems.

Due to misguided opinions, you should be prepared to experience negative reactions from people when we’re together. This is as an opportunity to talk about all my wonderful qualities!