“Authentic American Staffordshire Terriers, as they were in 1936”
I hope you enjoy reading over my website, as I attempt to accurately explain the true historical facts surrounding this breed of canine. If for some reason you are offended by what you may read, I apologize because that was not my intention. I do not spin misinformation regarding the American Staffordshire Terrier and I do not ignore the facts concerning this breed, prior to 1936. If you come across any errors, do not hesitate to contact me via email. Also, could you please provide the accurate information you would like to be displayed on this website.
On the 23rd of May, 1936 the American Kennel Club (AKC) allowed the registration of American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT) so long as their name was changed to Staffordshire Terrier. In 1941 Louis B. Colby (1921-2011) son of John P. Colby (1875-1941) was formally praised for the continuation of the work of his father. Louis stated with regards to the Staffordshire Terrier "only the name has changed, not the lines."
The name Staffordshire Terrier was revised to American Staffordshire Terrier, effective from January 1, 1972. This is a link to the Colby strain since 1889
Welcome to Redboys Amstaffs, breeders and trainers of working American Staffordshire Terriers.
From the moment I began my research into the history of this breed, my intentions where not only to reproduce a terrier type American Staffordshire Terrier, suitable as either a show dog or family companion; but also a type that possess the correct balanced drives to be a quality working dog as well.
By creating my own unique bloodline, I do not allow "bully" type dogs to be bred to my bitches. Many of these “bully” type American Staffordshire Terriers resemble a cross between an American Staffordshire Terrier and an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I also do not allow my bitches to breed with dogs that look like a cross between an American Staffordshire Terrier and an American Bulldog, either.
Any self-styled breeder that insist on breeding oversized American Staffordshire Terriers, does not understand the true conformational characteristics of this breed. A correctly bred American Staffordshire Terrier should be a medium size dog, with a robust athletic physique; weighing approximately 20 to 30 kilograms (44 to 67 pounds).
This is a quote that was taken form the 1978 Staffordshire Terrier Club of America’s year book. It summarizes what each and every American Staffordshire Terrier breeder should be striving for:
“The American Staffordshire Terrier is a unique breed in the family of dogs. Its history is rich and well documented and he remains one of the few unspoiled breeds retaining the courage, intelligence and tractability that have won for him wide acceptance as one of the most adaptable and capable of all dogs.
Through the years the Staf has only secondarily been a show dog. Breeders have traditionally considered the character and soundness of the breed to be of ultimate importance. After all is said and done, the best Staf is the one that possesses the traditional Staf capability and attributes. If that dog can also win in the show ring, then the owner and breeder are indeed fortunate. The show winner without these characteristics is no Staf at all no matter what his outward appearance might be. In this regard we are especially proud of the obedience Stafs as representing one aspect of our breed's adaptability and intelligence.
The future of the American Staffordshire Terrier depends above all else on breeders who are unwilling to use any dog in their program that does not meet the high mental and physical qualities implied in the following description given in the 1940 Year Book.
'Today the Staffordshire has emerged form his gladiatorial background as one of the finest of all dogs. He is proud and noble of bearing, he combines power with grace and agility, he is bright and alert, and his courage is not surpassed in any other animal on earth. He is intelligent, outstandingly amenable to training and discipline, and adaptable to almost any conditions. He is superbly gentle with children, intensely loyal and affectionate, and a wonderful watchdog.'”
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