The American Staffordshire Terrier, often called the ‘AmStaff,’ is a relative of the British Staffordshire Bull Terrier, from which it was bred. Two strains of the breed were developed – one for showing, which became the American Staffordshire Terrier, and was recognised as a breed in its own right in 1936. The second strain were bred for dog fighting, and became the American Pit Bull Terrier, a breed that is now banned in Australia due to its aggressive nature. It is a very strong, brave, loyal breed that is often used as a guard dog.
AmStaffs have a short, sleek coat that requires minimal grooming. They are highly intelligent and thrive on human interaction. Early socialisation and consistent training are essential to ensure they are well-behaved and friendly. AmStaffs make loyal family pets and are suitable for owners who can provide lots of regular exercise and mental stimulation.
This breed is often strong-willed and requires an experienced owner who can establish themselves as the ‘pack leader’ through positive reinforcement training. They should not be trusted around babies, young children or smaller pets such as cats.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your AmStaff, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.