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It is best to start with a short view based on the theory of 'your present is in your past'. The story begins with the Bulldogs, the cattle driving and baiting dogs of the medieval England. These huge, agile, massive built-up dogs are not to be confused with the dogs today known as 'English Bulldog'
 

To understand the characteristics of the Amstaff, let's go back to its origin: on one hand we have a muscular Bulldog with considerable individuality, the hard working dog hardened in cruel animal fights and cattle driving and baiting...
 

General Impression: The American Staffordshire Terrier should give the impression of great strength for his size, a well put-together dog, muscular, but agile and graceful, keenly alive to his surroundings. He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline. His courage is proverbial.