American Staffordshire terrier

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American Staf·ford·shire terrier

 (stăf′ərd-shîr′, -shər)
A dog of a medium-sized breed developed from the American pit bull terrier, having a muscular body, broad head with powerful jaws, short stiff coat, and black nose. It is often referred to as a pit bull.

[After the Staffordshire bull terrier, the breed from which the American Staffordshire terrier was developed.]
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Amer′ican Staf′fordshire ter′rier

one of an American breed of strong, muscular terriers, orig. developed for dogfighting, having a short, stiff coat, broad head, neck, and chest, and wide-set forelegs. Also called American pit bull terrier , pit bull terrier.
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Noun1.American Staffordshire terrier - American breed of muscular terriers with a short close-lying stiff coatAmerican Staffordshire terrier - American breed of muscular terriers with a short close-lying stiff coat
bull terrier, bullterrier - a powerful short-haired terrier originated in England by crossing the bulldog with terriers
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* Teppin is a gorgeous 2-year-old gray AmStaff. When her family abandoned their house, they tied her outside in the midst of the winter and left her there.
I've read that it is among the most highly-rated countries when it comes to the number of dogs per one hundred inhabitants, and I've noticed that the most loved breeds here are those of the bull type, such as the pit bull, the amstaff, the bull terrier or the Staffordshire bull terrier.
Yn 1952 roedd Cwmni'r Alliance yn chwilio amstaff i fynd i weithio i Ganada, De Affrica neu Seland Newydd.