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Amstaff not an APBT?

Discussion in 'American Staffordshire Terrier' started by Guy4God, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. Guy4God

    Guy4God Little Dog

    What was bred into an Amstaff....to make it an Amstaff and not just an APBT?
  2. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Nothing. They were just selectively bred for a different standard and became a separate breed.
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  3. Guy4God

    Guy4God Little Dog

    So they basically picked APBT dogs that were more like what they wanted and bred them....and kept doing it until the Amstaff was born?
  4. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yep. That's selective breeding.
  5. Guy4God

    Guy4God Little Dog

  6. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Kind of like the difference between Russel, JRT, Hunts, and Parson Russel Terriers for example. Similar, same backgrounds but different. Result of registry issues usually.
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  7. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    All true; but I sometimes wonder if breeds would be better off if they weren't so split up and isolated genetically.

    Some of the best working "breeds" aren't really strictly isolated "breeds" at all, but "crosses" of similar types that get the job done.

    There has been much written about this the past several years -- the whole "diversity" thing in dog breeding and how "pureness" is wrecking a lot of breeds.

    It's necessary to isolate a population and breed amongst those to establish a breed "type", but can an isolated population like that thrive indefinitely?
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