What Type of Dog is a Staffordshire Terrier and How Did it Get its Name?

The American Staffordshire Terrier is often mistaken for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the two breeds are related.

Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire terrier is a breed of medium-sized, short-coated dog whose early ancestors came from England.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the breed gained respectability, and it was accepted by the American Kennel Club as Staffordshire Terrier.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, stocky, muscular dog with athletic ability.

They have a broad head, a relatively short foreface, small ears, dark round eyes and a wide mouth with a clean scissor-like bite.

The coat of the Staffordshire Terrier is smooth and clings tightly to the body giving the dog a streamlined appearance.

The Staffordshire terrier was what the AKC called the American pit bull until 1936.

The shar-pei is a rare, wrinkly-skinned Chinese dog comes from the Chinese words shar-pei, “sharkskin.”

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