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200 american staffordshire terrier



dogs imported to Denmark

1997: 47 puppies
1998: 53 puppies
1999: 1 06 puppies
2000: 67 puppies
2001: 1 4 7 puppies
200 2. 1 44 puppies
200 3. 98 puppies
200 4. 194 puppies
200 5. 90 puppies
200 6. xx puppies
200 7. xx puppies

1997: 8 dogs
1998: 12 dogs
1999: 16 dogs
2000: 19 dogs
2001: 20 dogs
200 2. 1 0 dogs
200 3. 23 dogs
200 4. 43 dogs
200 5. 41 dogs
200 6. xx dogs
200 7. xx dogs

The American Staffordshire Terrier has almost through its whole existence as a breed been loaded with the bad reputation of the pitbull, due to the externel similarity. However today they are two highly different breeds.


Given below is just a briefing on the American Staffordshire Terrier and shall be seen as an opposite to the one-sided, unaware and frequently untrue manufacturing of the breed in the media.

THE HISTORY BEHIND THE AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER:

The roots of the American Staffordshire Terrier can be traced through early Mastiff warriors, to the original Bulldogs in England, which were used in the bloody sport of bull baiting. As bear and bull baiting declined in popularity, interest in dog fighting increased. Breeders wanted to create more agile fighting dogs for this sport, so they crossed their Bulldogs with game terriers to create what was then known as the Bull and Terrier Dog, Half and Half, Pit Bull, or Pit Bullterrier. Actual breeding records were closely kept secrets, so much of the Bull and Terrier's early history is a mystery. The Bull and Terrier later became known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in England.

When British settlers came to America, they brought their dogs of various sorts with them, including Bull and Terrier types. These energetic, intelligent animals helped out as general farm dogs, guardians, stock dogs, and even as wild pig and bear hunters, in addition to continuing their role as pit fighters. In the US, the breed has been called Pit Dog, Pit Bull Terrier, American Bull Terrier, and Yankee Terrier, and American Pit Bull Terrier. Over the years, the American breed became generally larger and heavier than his British cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. With their great spirit, energy, and affection for their family, the American Staffordshire Terrier has been described as the "All American Dog".

In 1936, the American version was accepted into the AKC under the name Staffordshire Terrier (though foundation stock for the breed included American Pit Bull Terriers before the stud book was closed). However, some American Pit Bull Terrier breeders were concerned that joining the AKC would move the breed too much towards conformation showing, and away from its working roots, so they remained outside the AKC and kept the name American Pit Bull Terrier. At this point, the Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier began more strongly to diverge. In 1972, the Staffordshire Terrier was renamed the American Staffordshire Terrier to better distinguish it from its English cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. There are still some dogs dual registered and even triple registered in the AKC as American Staffordshire Terriers, and in the United Kennel Club (UKC) and the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) as American Pit Bull Terriers.

Today's American Staffordshire Terrier is primarily a show dog and family companion. His working abilities and athleticism also help him excel at many sports, including obedience, agility, and weight pulling. Because of the breed's affection for people, some American Staffordshires have become therapy dogs


DOGFIGHTS:

A banning of the American Staffordshire Terrier would however not remedy the problem on dogfights, as it'll fall on the wrong dog owners. A typical buyer of an American Staffordshire Terrier today are paying between 8.000-15.000 Danish crones. for a dog. That dog. are - reasons the previously mentioned consciously breeding from temperament - not at all suitable for dogfight. The buyers frequently are families with little kids, that wants to get themselves a family- and/or show dog. They Danish American Staffordshire Terrier holders has even though recently resolved phase that put on the market forced mental description test from individuals inside breed, of which they shall is used as stud dogs. Furthermore the Danish breeders has for a longish time been especial selective on, which persons they will purchase a puppy. Dogfights are cruelty to animals in its exceedingly consequence and absolutely not a Danish tradition. The tradition is due to others plantation and bid says after too at, that the criminal persons are from alien birth. Dogs to use to dogfights get typical homes cheap from Eastern Europe and is as a rule cross from various others vicious breeds except a pedigree. Those dogs will so after no become harmed from a ban. Only the ones that today are registered dogs will be harmed by a ban.

PREVENTION AND POSSIBILITIES AT CLAMP-DOWN:

From the year of 1984 to 2000 the number of annual notified damages from dogs reduced from 37.038 to 14.273 (statistics from 'Forsikringsoplysningen'). This shows distinctly that the average Danish dogowner has become more considerate and responsible in his ownership of dogs. There is presumably 600.000 dogs in the Danish homes. Hereof it is assumed that approximately 15 percent does NOT have the compulsory insurance. The problems of dangerous and aggressive dogs occurs generally with dogs with owned by people without any connection to the Danish Kennel Club or any of the different breed clubs. These dogs most often doesn't have any pedigree nor does they have the statutory registration at the Danish Dog Register. Hopefully the above mentioned has displayed that it is inexpedient to BAN specific breeds. The persons who wants to keep a banned breed will then find other methods to bypass the current legislation. Instead we ought to work with the conception of 'Dangerous Dogs'. That is, specific dogs that has showed dangerous behavior (biting incidents). To meet this one could enforce a mental description on dogs that seems dangerous. Likewise the polices possibility to impose the dog holders to have the dog muzzled and in a leash, or to keep the dog securely fenced on the owners property, should be executed more often. The praxis today in the legal system is that it is incredible difficult for the police to order a dog to be put down, even though it has attacked people. This routine should be altered so that the current decision could be used by the police. Furthermore it should be possible by law to deny a person, that former has been convicted for holding dogs with the aim to attack people, the right to own or keep dogs. The punishment for watching or organizing dogfights should be extended hard. Today the only punishment such a cruel act is just a small fine, prison seems to me to be the right way to punish people who profit or enjoy the cruelty of dogfights.

NOTE: an American Staffordshire Terrier without a DKK- (FCI-) validated pedigree are NOT an American Staffordshire Terrier, BUT a mixed breed.


As a curiosity it should be mentioned that there are less than 1000 registered Amstaffs in Denmark.

REMEMBER: never purchase an American Staffordshire Terrier without pedigree.