Dorsi fell in love with pit bulls breeds after falling in love her son's pit bull, Stunna.
Staffordshire Terrier Puppies: Why Are They So Popular?
With the resurgence of popularity for pit bull dog breeds thanks to TV shows like Pit Bulls and Parolees and Pit Boss, people are suddenly clamoring to learn more about these breeds of dogs. One of the breeds, the American Staffordshire Terrier, is considered as being part of the "pit bull" family of dogs.
The puppies here in this article are blue-nose American Staffordshire puppies. When I took these photos of the puppies, they were 6 weeks old (Feb 2013) and were nearly ready to go to their new homes. This was the last litter of puppies that we had from the parents (Roxie and Stunna), and we got our other dogs fixed so we could focus more on the rescue of these beautiful dogs.
Abandonment and Abuse
Although wonderful to have puppies, we realize through these shows that there are many of this breed of dog already in need of good homes, as some people abandon them and/or use them for the wrong reasons (like using them to be fighting dogs).
The History of the American Staffordshire Terrier
Staffordshire Terriers were first bred in the nineteenth century in the English region of Staffordshire. They are a cross between the terrier and bulldog. They were called various names, such as the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, or half and half, until they assumed the name of the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
In the late 1800s, as the breed made its way into America, people began to call them "pit-dogs", later adopting the name of the American Staffordshire Terrier. In 1936, the Amstaffs were recognized and accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a registered breed.
Of the three types of Pit Bull Terriers known as American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT), the American Staffordshire Terriers (Amstaff), and the Staffordshire Bull Terriers (SBT), the Amstaff became the only recognized AKC recognized breed.
Temperament of the American Staffordshire Terrier
Although pit bulls have gained an unsavory reputation over the last several years, the Amstaff actually has many great temperament traits. A recent temperament test conducted by the American Temperament Test Society showed that American Staffordshire Terriers consistently score above average for all the dog breeds that were tested.
These tests measured various things about the Amstaff breed, and they scored above average for all these traits:
- A dog’s protectiveness toward its owner
Breed Colors and Physical Traits
The average American Staffordshire Terrier is 17.5–19 inches tall, and their weight is proportionate to their size. Their coat is smooth, and as far as I can tell, there is very little shedding from these dogs.
These are the various colors of the breed recognized by the AKC:
- Black brindle
- Blue brindle
- Blue fawn
- Blue fawn brindle
- Brown brindle
- Fawn brindle
- Fawn sable
- Liver brindle
- Red brindle
- Red sable
- Seal brown
Famous Pit Bulls
Although it may seem that just recently pit bulls have come into the limelight, there have actually been many famous American Staffordshire Terriers throughout the years. Some of the more notable ones have been:
- Peter the Pup was the well-known dog who starred in The Little Rascals (aka known as "Our Gang") comedy television series which was made from the 1920s to 1930s.
- Sergeant Stubby was the most decorated dog in military history. Stubby was side by side with his human soldier companions and fought for 18 months in the trenches of France during World War 1. He was also the only dog to ever get promoted in the military.
- Jack Brutus was a mascot for the Company K infantry during the Spanish–American war.
- Bud was the first dog in the United States to take a cross-country drive. In 1903, Bud took to the road with his owner Horatio Nelson Jackson.
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on February 21, 2013:
@jandee) Thanks jandee and I so agree - they have got a bad rap and don't deserve it. Wonderful animals.
jandee from Liverpool.U.K on February 07, 2013:
Dorsi what a lovely hub,need more like this to let people know they are just the same as other dogs, terrible the way they are vilified,
best from jandee
Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on February 06, 2013:
@alexadry) I LOVE them too - awesome companions. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Adrienne Farricelli on February 06, 2013:
I love pits! They are very sweet dogs just as my Rotties, voted up and interesting.