Birth of American Staffordshire Terrier

As lets it guess its name, American Staffordshire Terrier goes down from Staffordshire Bull Terriers which unloaded in the new World with the English colonists come there to seek fortune. They were dogs varied enough used in the engagements between dogs which were also very popular in the new colonies.
Apart from Staffordshire Bull Burrows, much of other varieties of dogs unloaded in America to render to the man the most various services. Among them appeared Blue Paul Terriers legendary, whose name would come from the pirate shelled sadly celebrates, Paul Jones, who used them in his engagements: of a wild and batailleuse nature, they were generally of a very appreciated color gray-blue, says one, by Paul Jones.
More massive than Staffordshire Bull Burrows, these dogs atteingnaient 50 crm top for a weight of more than 24 kg. Although the race is extinct today, much of American Staffordshire Terriers kept their distances ancestors Blue Paul the dress gray-blue.

Blue Paul Terrier

On the American continent, the dogs imported of England and used in the engagements were commonly called, in a shortened way, Pit bulldozers or Pit Bull-terriers. Their stockbreeders were interested by no means in the aspect or with the beauty of the dogs but simply subjects wanted able to fight and gain engagements.
One thus called also upon other dogs: some were autochtones, others came from the countries of origin of the colonists who flowed of all the parts of the world.
In addition to the engagements, American Staffordshire Terriers also took part in hunting for dangerous big game and were used as guards of herd of cows or watchdogs.
Towards the end of last century, many States of the Confederation prohibited the engagements between animals. Until 1898, this race of dogs was called various ways: Pit Bull, American Pit Bull, Yankee Burrow, Half-andHalf, Pit Bulldog, Blue Paul, etc ; all these names were used indifferently in the areas where these dogs were high. This confusion was prolonged until 1936, date on which the race was recognized officially by American Kennel Club.
The fundamental date in the history of the "Amstaff" (selected familiar abbreviation to indicate the race) however remains 1880. Mr. Charlie Lloyd, known as Cockey, imported of England two splendid subjects "Stafford": Paddy and Pilot. They were excellent combatants who never knew the defeat during all their career. Moreover, they had aesthetic qualities and a conformation out of the commun run. Their reputation became legendary and they were the stocks of very important lines, such as X-PERT and Ruffian, which are still present today in best "the Amstaff".

Lloyd's Paddy

Lloyd's Pilot
In 1898, C Z Bennet founded United Kennel Club and recorded in number 1 its dog Bennet' S Ring like Pit Bull-terrier. Starting from this date, it was interdict to cross subjects recognized with dogs of other races, while the other names used to identify these dogs disappeared gradually.
The race quickly became very popular and was spread in all the Confederation, thus marking the beginning of its tour in the history of the cynophilie which led it to us.
Many impassioned started
to raise of the "Amstaffs", either only for the combat but also for the extraordinary temperament of these dogs. Very quickly, one realized of the enormous use potential of the race, and of the circles of made up friends stockbreeders and impassioned started to be formed. In 1921, Mr. Dunable founded first American Bull-Terrier Club in Clay Center, in Kansas. He worked out the first outline of standard which was to be used as a basis for that that we use today.
American Kennel Club (organization associated with the international cynologic Federation) refused in 1930 the recording of the race under the name of American Bull-Terrier, because the Bull-terrier Club of America was opposed to it. Will Judy, celebrates directing review Dog World, also tried to make recognize this race under the name of Yankee Burrow, but it did not reach that point. Its engagement was worth however the honor to him to be named vice-president with life of Staffordshire Terrier Club of America (STCA).
American Kennel Club, regarding the "Amstaff" as a close relation to English the "Stafford" recognized in 1935, decided to recognize the race and to record it under the name of Staffordshire Terrier. This decision was made on June 10, 1936 and as of 1 next July, the first Book of the origins of the race was officialized. The first subject recorded in August 1936 was called Farmer' S Snugles Up. But, to be recognized, of many subjects had been recorded hitherto near other nonofficial organizations, like United Kennel Club (UKC) and American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA), the latter having approved the race Pit Bull-terrier since 1909. Their owners thus requested their inscription from the AKC. August 30, 1936, this race was for the first time exposed in a demonstration recognized by the AKC, at the time of Northbrook Kennel Club Show. It is on this occasion that Mr. Charles J Doyle exposed the male Doyle' S Shiner. Mr. Doyle was a large stockbreeder of the race and contributed, with others impassioned, with his diffusion and the improvement of his characteristics. Its breeding "Tacoma", "X-PERT" and "Ruffian", worked the history of American Staffordshire Terrier and its lines are present at the best modern subjects.
First champion AKC was Maher' S Captain D., in 1937.
President Roosevelt in person was an amateur of this race which it raised with passion. But the great popularity of these dogs was especially supported by their appearance in the silent film: thus American Staffordshire Terrier played the part of Pete in a series for the children entitled "Small rabbles".


Of the "Amstaff" achieved heroic actions during the First and the Second World war and some of them accepted even the military decoration. Stubby thus became celebrates, at the time of the First World War, to have saved a whole division of the American army by informing it of the imminence of a gas bombardment.
It was also used to transmit messages, to seek casualties and could even hold in respect an enemy spy until the arrival of the American soldiers. Its brilliant actions were worth honors, medals and the rank of sergeant to him!

Sergeant Stubby

After the Second World war, this race continued more and more thanks to its marvellous character and with its psychic and physical qualities exceptional.
In 1972, first Staffordshire Bull Terrier was imported in the United States. This year, the AKC decided to change the name of the race into American Staffordshire Terrier, adding the mention "American" to more distinguish it from his/her English cousin and to avoid any confusion.
In October 1974, one started to record the subjects in the Book of the origins under this name, and in 1975, Staffordshire Bull Terrier was also recognized by the AKC. The official association of the race, Staffordshire Burrow Club of America, changed its name into American Staffordshire Terrier Club in 1988.