Meet Zoë, a happy nine year old American Staffordshire Terrier. Her hobbies include chasing squirrels, tearing out the squeaker in plush toys, and going on long walks. She is very friendly, loving, and vocal - she loves to talk her way into getting treats, hugs, and attention. Zoë proudly represents American Staffordshire Terriers as Dog Chatter’s July Feature Dog, in honor of the 4th of July, when American colonies declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Descending from Great Britain’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier, The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as Am Staff, became an All American dog in the early 19th century. Used for farm work, hunting, and companionship, the Am Staff was instrumental in the success of hard working American farmers who made the United States strong.
In the 1900’s the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed into two lines: a show breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and a fighting breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier. First recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936, the Am Staff is a stocky, muscular, athletic dog with a short, glossy, low-maintenance coat. The Am Staff is very agile and perfect for agility, weight pulling, tracking, guarding, police work, and obedience.
For more information or to adopt an American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, or an American Bull Terrier please visit the Pit Bull Rescue Center.
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