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20 Most Expensive Breeds to Own

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4. American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier, often called an Amstaff, resembles the Yorkshire Terrier only in name. This breed is quite a bigger. While Yorkies were baiting rats, the Am Staff was used to bait bulls.

He was still in England at the time, and known under a number of different names:

  • Bull-and-Terrier Dog;
  • Half-and-Half;
  • Pit Dog;
  • American Bull Terrier;
  • Yankee Terrier;
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Rumor has it the Amstaff is a close relative to the English Bulldog because both breeds share much in common. It may have been a mix of White English Terrier, Fox Terrier or Black-and-Tan Terrier that was originally crossed with the Bulldog to create the Amstaff we know and love today.

As early as 1870, this terrier began showing up in the United States, and according to the American Kennel Club, he became a registered show dog in 1936. This is when he became known as the Amstaff.

With the AKC, the Amstaff is classified as an all-around, general purpose breed. He’s well-rounded and makes a fine family companion, showing fierce devotion to the people who love him. He likes to feel like a part of the family and enjoys having a job to perform.

Amstaffs can be prone to a number of ailments, including heart murmurs, thyroid problems, skin allergies, tumors, cataracts and congenital heart disease. It’s important if you take on the love and care of this breed that you have a reliable vet nearby to help you care for him as he ages.

A medium-sized breed, the Amstaff reaches a height of about 19 inches and can weigh close to 90 lbs. His coat can be almost any color, solid or patched. He makes both a great pet and a fine show dog, and If you’re thinking of bringing one home, a pup can set you back about $1200.

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