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Staffordshire Terrier - affectionate killer
Staffordshire Terrier (American Staffordshire Terrier or Amstaff) - there is hardly any other breed of dog that would cause so much controversy and controversy. Reports about killer dogs are readily frayed by the media, initiatives to ban the breed and even the utilization of individuals present in the country have been put forward repeatedly.
On the other hand, animal defenders shift all the blame for the attacks (and there are facts of attacks by dogs of this breed, and this is an absolute fact) only on people, portraying the staff as almost angles with four legs. Let's try to separate the truth from dog-phobic and animal-protective hysteria, and take an objective look at the representatives of the breed.
History of the breed
Staffs are natural-born fighters, their fighting roots go back to the days when there was no breed as such. Their ancestor is the English Bulldog, a breed bred specifically for the wild medieval fun - dog-baiting of a bull, which was fixed in its name (bull - bull).
Bull-baiting has been popular in England since time immemorial, according to one version, the tradition of bloody fun was brought to the Island by the Roman colonialists, as evidenced by the descriptions of ancient authors.
But by the 19th century, the action was abandoned by its main character - the bull itself. Chasing a bull through the streets of the cities of the British metropolis has become a perfect bad manners. For some time there was a more compact version of it - rat-baiting - rat baiting. Terriers have succeeded in this field.
It should be noted that rats were a real disaster for the whole old woman in Europe, but in England the problem was of a national character. The damage caused by rats to the property stored in countless port warehouses was noted even at the state level. The poisons of that time were ineffective, and traditional fighters against rodents - cats - did not save the day.
Another seasoned rat who fed up on the warehouse provisions could deal with a cat alone, let alone a flock ... Often in the morning from a cat left overnight to guard the warehouse, there were no bones left. The situation was reversed when the terriers got down to business. Hardy, fast, cunning dog did not give any descent to rodents.
No one remembers who first came up with the idea to cross terriers with bulldogs, but when dog fights replaced bull and rat harassment, the offspring of both bull-fighters and rat-catchers became real stars of the arena.
Bull and Terriers (not to be confused with the modern bull terrier) combined the agility and grip of the bullDogs with the speed and agility of terriers, and were unmatched in battles with other dogs.
By the second half of the 19th century, thanks to the humanization of the attitude towards animals, dog fighting was completely banned. Here the fate of fighting dogs or pitdogs (pit - a pit in which fights were held) could have ended, but, as often happened in those days, those who had no place left on their native land were accepted by distant America.
Gold miners, cowboys and farmers were simple people and not as choosy in entertainment as prim English aristocrats, and they really liked dog fights.
At the end of the 19th century in America, pit fighters are finally formed from hybrids into resistant breeds. It is curious that the formation of the breed was influenced by the behavior of dog fights in the New World.
If traditional English dog fights were a fight of relatively small dogs (both bulldogs and terriers are very small breeds), then in America the heavyweights have become the favorites. This led to a noticeable increase in fighters, and quite large varieties appeared, for example, the American Bulldog.
In the 90s of the 19th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier breed received official recognition, and in 1936 the American Kennel Club registers one of the varieties of pit bulls as a separate breed - the American Staffordshire Terrier. Interestingly, in America itself, the breed is sometimes called the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
How can you describe the Staffordshire Terrier breed itself? The dog is relatively medium-sized, the height at the withers does not exceed half a meter, but the first thing that catches your eye is the very developed musculature. A kind of dog- jock . This feature is noted even in the approved 1971 breed standard, where it is said that the appearance should give the impression of being very large for its size of physical strength.
Characteristically, the standard stipulates the maximum height at the withers, but does not limit the weight of the individual, allowing you to build muscle mass to any limits. However, now at American shows, individuals exceeding the maximum height by a couple of centimeters are not disqualified. The main requirement is the proportionality of height and weight.
Due to the broad muscular chest, the front legs are widely spaced, the dog is stocky, but not squat. The large head ends with a medium-sized muzzle with powerful jaws. Noticeable nodules give out the force with which these jaws can clench. In general, the exterior is characterized as compact, powerful. The temperament is lively and energetic.
Are Staffords Dangerous?
Let's go back to the beginning of our conversation. Stafford owners speak of their pets exclusively as cute, friendly and affectionate creatures, but it is simply impossible to brush off the numerous cases of attacks on people and other dogs. So is there a basis for doubtfulglory killer dogs ?
Let's just say that amstaffs, like other pits, have innate aggression only on dogs, but not on other people. Therefore, fighters are of little use for security guard service. But the innate obedience, as in companion dogs, is also lacking in the staff.
The owner of the Staffordshire Terrier must become its leader, and this, given the fighting nature of the hero of our story, is not at all easy. Showing its energetic temperament, the dog will check the leash length all his life, and the owner will have to prove his seniority in the flock all the time. If a potential dog owner is not ready for this, then it is better to get a Labrador or Newfoundland.
On average, Staffordshire Terrier attacks on humans do not happen more often than cases of aggression by representatives of other breeds, except, of course, companion dogs that are incapable of aggression. However, given the physical capabilities, the consequences of such an attack could be dire.
If you decide that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is your choice, then in no case should you save on the purchase and purchase puppies by hand by ad.
A Staffordshire Terrier puppy from an unscheduled mating in practice may turn out to be an incomprehensible cross, in which the physical condition of the staff will be combined with an unpredictable character yard terrier . Then you run the risk of getting a real killer dog at home.