American Staffordshire terrier


: any of a breed of strong stocky dogs that are of similar ancestry to but are larger and heavier than the related American pit bull terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier

Examples of American Staffordshire terrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An Australian shepherd named Ribbon, an English setter called Cider, a giant schnauzer named Monty and an American Staffordshire terrier called Trouble also are in the pack of contenders. CBS News, 9 May 2023 An American Staffordshire terrier belonging to Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott also was involved in a biting incident in recent years. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2021 That’s among the disturbing accusations made in affadivits supporting the arrests of Abilene Schnieder and her husband Christian Alexander Moreno, both 31, after their American Staffordshire terriers, a breed of pit bull, fatally attacked 81-year-old Ramon Najera Jr. on Friday. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2023 Dogs attack and kill boy, injure mother on Tribal land in Idaho, authorities say The dogs were American Staffordshire terriers, one of several breeds that falls under the broader classification of a pit bull, according to San Antonio Animal Care Services. Andy Rose, CNN, 25 Feb. 2023 This includes Julius, a Dalmatian with hearing loss; Mykonos, an American Staffordshire terrier/bulldog with a cleft palate; and Marmalade, a border collie/Australian cattle dog with sight and hearing impairments. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2023 Actual pit breeds include the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, and American bully. Lindsey Reynolds, Treehugger, 1 Feb. 2023 Other examples are the American Staffordshire terrier’s aggressive tone with a massive head and a deep chest. Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2022 The dog, an American Staffordshire terrier, was quarantined for 10 days at Brook Park Animal Shelter. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of American Staffordshire terrier was in 1971

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“American Staffordshire terrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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