I own an American Staffordshire Terrier. I live in a trailer park and figured as such when I got my dog as a puppy that she was an American Staffordshire Terrier. I have had her here for 6 months and i've not had one complaint about her at all. I couldn't get her registered with the park because of money issues getting her tags this year in march. ((Yes she is up to date on all shots and rabies))
With my dog having been here for 6 months i've gotten not one complaint about her being aggressive or mean or anything. She goes up to the neibor kids and such and all she does is wag her tail and want to lick their faces. Even outside of my trailer park i've never had her once try to bite anyone or even act aggressive as in growling/raising of the back hair/ect.
My trailer park is now trying to have us get rid of my dog. My vets office is working on getting paperwork together to fax to the park manager that she is not a pit bull at all.
But what I need to know is more information on the differences and information on if the akc or other places deam Am. Staff. Terriers to be totally differnt than Pits. I need to know if the 2 are totally different breeds and are classified as such. I need this information asap as the park only gave me 24 hours to get rid of her if I can't prove she isn't a pit bull.
PLEASE HELP ME AND IVY!!!!!!!!!!! I'm begging, I love my dog to death, she is my child and thats like taking my own flesh and blood away from me.
((((((Just a note, I was told she was a Am. Staff. Terrier and that name is not on the list of dogs you cant own in a trailer park. I did not know that people think that they are the same thing even tho they look a bit different. I dont want to loose my kid, Please please please help me!)))))
Honestly unless the dog is registered as an AmStaff with the AKC you will probably not be able to prove that she is not a PitBull. A dog registered as an American Staffordshire Terrier with the AKC can be cross registered as an American Pitbull Terrier with the UKC. Perhaps the vet papers can help convince them.
Another option is to have her registered with the Continental Kennel Club, they are a crap registry, and the papers are not worth killing a tree for, but it would probably be enough to convince the trailer park people. Most have no clue they are crap, that is how BYB and mills sucker people into believing they are reputable.
This is from the website google Continental Kennel Club: "2.Dogs over 6 months of age which have no previous Registration history may be registered by providing 2 witness signatures attesting to the purebred status of the dog along with 3 photos (front,left and right) of the dog to confirm it is ‘of proper breed type’ as defined by our current CKC Registration Rules and Regulations.Canine Registration Applications are available in PDF format from our web site. "
The stocky and muscular look of the American Staffordshire Terrier makes this particular dog breed not only impressive, but also slightly intimidating to strangers and other dogs. The strength of this agile dog is apparent from the outer appearance. With a powerful and broad head structure, the short muzzle is accentuated by a strong set jawbone. The ears of the American Staffordshire Terrier are often short and cropped.
Like its cousin the American Pitt Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a tough looking dog, but the American Staffordshire Terrier is often the larger of the two with a thicker bone structure, weight, and overall head size. The teeth are set in a scissors bite. The coat of this breed is short and shiny, making it simple to take care of for a wide range of owners.
The eyes of the American Staffordshire Terrier are black and round, with a stern expression that can be perceived as both intimidating and alert. However, with a closer look, the American Staffordshire Terrier seems to be more of a lover than a fighter. Affectionate and loving, this dog breed works well in a family setting and can be a powerful guard dog if necessary.
It also says OFTEN, with the poor breeding practices, and crossing in the general "pitbull" population there are HUGE differences between the dogs, some are small and gamey, like pit dogs, others are large like the AmStaff, still others are short and wide like the American Bully, and any shape in between, all without papers are usually considered "pitbulls"