Staffordshire terrier

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Staffordshire terrier,

breed of strong, muscular terrierterrier,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs originally bred to start small game and vermin from their burrows or, in the case of several breeds in this group, to go to earth and kill their prey. Today these dogs are raised chiefly as pets.
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 developed in England in the early 19th cent. It stands from 17 to 19 in. (43.1–48.3 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 35 to 50 lb (15.9–22.7 kg). Its short, close-lying, stiff coat is glossy and may be any color or combination of colors except solid white. As the popularity of bullbaiting and bearbaiting began to decline and the matching of dog against dog became more the fashion, British breeders crossed bulldogs with a now extinct black-and-tan terrier to produce the smaller, more agile pit dog necessary for this sort of contest. The result was the Staffordshire terrier. In recent times the Staffordshire has been raised as a pet and watchdog. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal, fox, and tanuki also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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"Since then Dylan has proven himself to be an excellent ambassador for the American Staffordshire Terrier breed, and even has his own fan club, which cheers him on at the agility competitions.
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* Windsor: has recently restricted Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bulls, and all mixes of these dogs.
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