While the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an AKC recognized breed, with a detailed breed standard, the Pit Bull isn’t technically a breed unto itself or recognized with a breed standard with a kennel club registry. Rather, it’s basically a catch-all term for many of the so-called bully breeds such as the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bully, American Bulldog, and even the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Table des matières
- Who’s who?
- Breed history
- Champion companions
- Difference entre amstaff et pitbull ?
- Breed Comparison Chart
- History Comparison and Controversy
- Appearance Comparison
- Temperament Comparison
- Exercise Comparison
- Training Comparison
- Health and Nutrition Comparison
- Grooming Comparison
- Price Comparison
- Final Thoughts
- American Pit Bull Terriers vs. American Staffordshire Terrier: Is there Any Difference?
- Dog Registration in the Nineteenth Century
- Early Twentieth Century Dog Debates
- American Pit Bull Terriers
- Best Type of APBT Owner
- Hope for Pit Bulls in the Twenty-First Century
- Nem é preciso pôr dois cães juntos para comparar: são enormes as diferenças entre american bully e american pitbull.
- Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Terrier vs Pit Bull Temperament
- Difference between Amstaff and Pit Bull
- Amstaff vs Pit Bull
- Comparison Chart
- American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull-Round 1
- American Staffordshire Terrier v.s PitBull-Round 2
- American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull-Round 3
- American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull-Final Round
- American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull-Closing
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of the smaller of the recognized bully breeds. They are short and adorable – only about 14-16 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh in at 28–38 pounds for a male, 24–34 pounds for a female. The breed description on the AKC website puts it well: a gallon-sized dog in a quart-sized container. Full disclosure: they are one of my favorite breeds, and seeing a diminutive female Staffordshire Bull enthusiastically pulling her handler in my general direction at a dog show recently had me nearly squealing with delight.
Staffordshire Bull terriers come in a broad range of accepted colors: Red, fawn, white, black, and blue (a slatey-bluish gray), or any of these colors with white, as well as any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white. Staffies, or Staffords, as they are known, are muscular, fearless little dogs, with a short, broad, head and pronounced cheek muscles, and have natural uncropped ears. And can you say cute?
Pit bulls, as a catch-all term, are often similar in type, except with a little more leg. A registered American Pit Bull Terrier or APBT (UKC recognized), is about 17 to 21 inches at the shoulder, with weight ranges of 35 to 60 pounds for males and 30 to 50 pounds for females. The APBT breed standard stresses balance in the dog’s proportion. Meaning the dogs should be balanced with proportions of weight to height that avoid rangy, leggy dogs, or overly squat, broad dogs. They must be both powerful and agile.
Both breeds have short dense fur with no undercoat: true wash-and-go dogs.
As with all of the bully breeds, these two breeds evolved from the horrible “blood sports” of yesteryear of bull baiting, bear baiting, and pit fighting with other dogs, where their owners would put the two animals together in a fighting pit and wager on them. Thankfully these ghastly “sports” have long been eliminated, but pockets of pit fighting still exist illegally in the U.S., unfortunately.
The pit bull types were therefore bred as animals that had to be very good with their owners/handlers (non-aggressive towards humans, even at the height of arousal) but aggressive with other dogs.
This formerly bred-in aggression towards other dogs or animals of days gone by can be a holdover issue even in our modern Staffords and APBTs, so it’s vital that owners of bully breeds take extra care to socialize their dogs with other dogs from an early age. A well-bred, well-socialized Staffie or APBT is a wonderful family pet, sweet and biddable, and great with children, other dogs, the family cat, and other animals.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have breed nicknames of “the Nanny Dog” and “the Children’s Nursemaid,” due to their well-known affection for children. They are not guard dogs, and will greet all guests as friends with a wagging tail that’s typically the most “aggressive” part of their anatomy: a happy Stafford’s tail can feel like a riding crop when they’re enthusiastically greeting you—and they know no other way to greet you than enthusiastically.
With its common ancestry, the APBT is also a very friendly dog. They can be a little more serious than the happy-go-lucky Staffords, but they are people dogs in the end. They too love children—Petey in the old “Little Rascals” serials of the 1920s and 1930s was a pit bull.
Indeed, aggressive behavior towards humans is uncharacteristic of the breed, and they are extremely friendly even with strangers. They have a zest for life and are eager to please, usually with the same actively wagging, “weapon” tail as Staffords. This breed does very well in performance events such as obedience, rally, and lure coursing due to its natural agility, high intelligence, and eager to please personality.
Both the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier are active breeds. They like to be on the move and have inquisitive minds with a seemingly inexhaustible well of energy. A long, brisk walk on leash will give you both a workout. And with their longer legs, the APBT can be a great jogging partner as well.
Both dogs love to run and jump, and flyball or agility can be great fun wit—and for!—them. And one of the best-known pit bulls of recent years was a dog named Wallace, who, with his high drive athleticism and energy, became a world champion disc dog. His legacy lives on in the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation.
Not all Staffords or APBTs like to swim, but for the ones who do, dock diving can be a lot of fun for them. Both breeds also enjoy weight pull competitions, where their compact, muscular builds exceed. Scent work is also a sport where they do well, whether tracking or nose work.
But at the end of the day both these breeds like nothing better than to curl up with their humans, preferably under the covers on cold nights. They are sweet, people-oriented dogs whose willingness to work and desire to please makes them unbeatable at anything they do, and, best of all, they are outstanding companions at the same time.
Difference entre amstaff et pitbull ?
voilà en détail les criètes morphologiques des chiens catégorisés…
Arrêté du 27 avril 1999 pris pour l’application de l’article 211-1 du code rural et établissant la liste des types de chiens susceptibles d’être dangereux, faisant l’objet des mesures prévues aux articles 211-1 à 211-5 du même code
Art. 1er. – Relèvent de la 1re catégorie de chiens telle que définie à l’article 211-1 du code rural :
– les chiens assimilables par leurs caractéristiques morphologiques aux chiens de race Staffordshire terrier, sans être inscrits à un livre généalogique reconnu par le ministre de l’agriculture et de la pêche ;
– les chiens assimilables par leurs caractéristiques morphologiques aux chiens de race American Staffordshire terrier, sans être inscrits à un livre généalogique reconnu par le ministre de l’agriculture et de la pêche.
Ces deux types de chiens peuvent être communément appelés » pit-bulls » ;
– les chiens assimilables par leurs caractéristiques morphologiques aux chiens de race Mastiff, sans être inscrits à un livre généalogique reconnu par le ministre de l’agriculture et de la pêche. Ces chiens peuvent être communément appelés » boerbulls » ;
– les chiens assimilables par leurs caractéristiques morphologiques aux chiens de race Tosa, sans être inscrits à un livre généalogique reconnu par le ministre de l’agriculture et de la pêche.
Art. 2. – Relèvent de la 2e catégorie des chiens telle que définie à l’article 211-1 du code rural :
– les chiens de race Staffordshire terrier ;
– les chiens de race American Staffordshire terrier ;
– les chiens de race Rottweiler ;
– les chiens de race Tosa ;
– les chiens assimilables par leurs caractéristiques morphologiques aux chiens de race Rottweiler, sans être inscrits à un livre généalogique reconnu par le ministre de l’agriculture et de la pêche.
Art. 3. – Les éléments de reconnaissance des chiens de la 1re et de la 2e catégorie mentionnés aux articles 1er et 2 figurent en annexe au présent arrêté.
Art. 4. – Le directeur des libertés publiques et des affaires juridiques, la directrice générale de l’alimentation et les préfets sont chargés, chacun en ce qui le concerne, de l’exécution du présent arrêté, qui sera publié au Journal officiel de la République française.
A N N E X E
Les chiens visés dans le présent arrêté, que ce soit pour la 1re ou la 2e catégorie, sont des molosses de type dogue, définis par un corps massif et épais, une forte ossature et un cou épais.
Les deux éléments essentiels sont la poitrine et la tête. La poitrine est puissante, large, cylindrique avec les côtes arquées. La tête est large et massive, avec un crâne et un museau de forme plus ou moins cubique. Le museau est relié au crâne par une dépression plus ou moins marquée appelée le stop.
Les chiens communément appelés » pit-bulls » qui appartiennent à la 1re catégorie présentent une large ressemblance avec la description suivante :
– petit dogue de couleur variable ayant un périmètre thoracique mesurant environ entre 60 cm (ce qui correspond à un poids d’environ 18 kg) et 80 cm (ce qui correspond à un poids d’environ 40 kg). La hauteur au garrot peut aller de 35 à 50 cm ;
– chien musclé à poil court ;
– apparence puissante ;
– avant massif avec un arrière comparativement léger ;
– le stop n’est pas très marqué, le museau mesure environ la même longueur que le crâne tout en étant moins large, et la truffe est en avant du menton ;
– les mâchoires sont fortes, avec les muscles des joues bombés.
Les chiens communément appelés » boerbulls » qui appartiennent à la 1re catégorie présentent une large ressemblance avec la description suivante :
– dogue généralement de couleur fauve à poil court, grand et musclé, pourvu d’un corps haut, massif et long ;
– la tête est large, avec un crâne large et un museau plutôt court ;
– les babines sont pendantes, le museau et la truffe peuvent être noirs ;
– le cou est large avec des plis cutanés représentant le fanon ;
– le périmètre thoracique est supérieur à 80 cm (ce qui correspond à un poids supérieur à 40 kg). La hauteur au garrot est d’environ 50 à 70 cm ;
– le corps est assez épais et cylindrique ;
– le ventre a un volume proche de celui de la poitrine.
Les chiens qui appartiennent à la 1re catégorie pouvant être rapprochés morphologiquement des chiens de race Tosa présentent une large ressemblance avec la description suivante :
– dogue à poil court et de couleur variable, généralement fauve, bringée ou noire, de grande taille et de constitution robuste ;
– le périmètre thoracique est supérieur à 80 cm (ce qui correspond à un poids supérieur à 40 kg). La hauteur est d’environ 60 à 65 cm ;
– la tête est composée d’un crâne large, d’un stop marqué, avec un museau moyen ;
– les mâchoires inférieure et supérieure sont fortes ;
– le cou est musclé, avec du fanon ;
– la poitrine est large et haute ;
– le ventre est bien remonté ;
– la queue est épaisse à la base.
Les chiens qui appartiennent à la 2e catégorie pouvant être rapprochés morphologiquement des chiens de race Rottweiler présentent une large ressemblance avec la description suivante :
– dogue à poil court, à robe noir et feu
– chien trapu un peu long avec un corps cylindrique et un périmètre thoracique supérieur à 70 cm (ce qui correspond à un poids supérieur à 30 kg). La hauteur au garrot est d’environ 60 à 65 cm ;
– le crâne est large, avec un front bombé et des joues musclées ;
– le museau est moyen, à fortes mâchoires ;
– le stop est très accentué ;
– la truffe est à hauteur du menton.
Pour ce qui concerne les chiens qui appartiennent à la 2e catégorie et qui sont des chiens de race :
– ils répondent aux standards des races concernées, établis par la Société centrale canine
– leur appartenance à la race considérée est attestée par une déclaration de naissance ou par un pedigree. Ces documents sont délivrés par la Société centrale canine lorsque le chien est inscrit sur le livre généalogique de la race concernée.
Récapitulatif des chiens concernés par la loi du 6 janvier 1999 :
– 1ere catégorie :
Pitbull (am’staff non lof, etc)
Boerbull (tosa non lof , etc)
– 2e catégorie :
– American Staffordshire Terrier (lof)
– Rottweiller (lof ou non lof)
– Tosa (lof)
Les molosses qui ne sont pas concernés par la loi :
– Bull mastiff
– Bull terrier
– Cane corso
– Dogue allemand
– Dogue argentin
– Dogue de bordeaux
– Fila brasileiro
– Fila de sao miguel
– Matin de naples
– Presa canario
– Staffordshire bull terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier, are both considered Pitbull type dogs, and as such you will notice that there are a lot of similarities between them. The American Staffordshire Terrier is slightly shorter but much stockier in his weight compared to the American Pitbull Terrier who is more athletic in appearance.
They are equally striking in their looks, and under that (some would say) intimidating appearance, he is a big softy at heart. They are so similar that many people believe that they are even the same breed. Both dogs are actually often compared to the American Bulldog as well.
For the purpose of this article the American Staffordshire Terrier will be referred to as Am Staffs, and the American Pitbull Terrier will be referred to as the Pitbull. So, without any further hesitation, let’s compare the two breeds and get into the finer details.
Breed Comparison Chart
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40 – 55 pounds (F)
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History Comparison and Controversy
The word ‘Terrier’ derives from the Latin word, ‘terra’, meaning earth. All Terrier dogs were created to go into ground and hunt vermin, either to scare them out of their burrows for their master to cull, or to do the deed himself. For this reason, they were typically small, however in the 19th Century, Terriers, for their agility, were mixed with Bulldogs, for their muscle, in order to create larger and more powerful dogs. These dogs were then used for dog fighting and bull baiting. However, in 1835 dog fighting was banned in England, and immigrants who wanted to continue in the cruel sport took off to America and continued to fight them.
American dog fighters wanted to breed even bigger and more powerful versions of the fighting dogs from England and as a result, the Am Staff and the Pitbull were born. It is their fighting history that has unfairly earned them their vicious label. The Pitbull was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) as their first dog in 1898, and the UKC will allow Am Staffs to be registered as American Pitbull Terriers. However, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognize the Am Staff, but they will not recognize the Pitbull.
The Am Staff was originally called the Staffordshire Terrier, but the name being too similar to his cousin across the pond, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was changed in 1972 to American Staffordshire Terrier. The Pitbull, being the most closely linked to their shared fighting history, also had his name changed in 1996 and 2004, to ‘St Francis Terriers’ and ‘New Yorkies’ in the hope that his past would no longer be associated with him and that more people would adopt him, but this was soon dropped after much criticism.
The multitude of name changes, and politics amongst kennel clubs in their registration rules, has created much confusion in the canine world between these two breeds. And whilst some believe that they are the same breed due to their almost identical appearance, with the Am Staff just being the chunkier brother and the Pitbull the more athletic sibling, the mainstream opinion is that they are separate breeds.
The Am Staff and the Pitbull are very similar in their appearance, they are impressive looking canines who are both considered to be a medium sized dog. The Pitbull is slightly taller measuring 17 to 21 inches in height, measured from paw to shoulder, whereas the Am Staff is shorter at 17 to 19 inches in height. The Pitbull also weighs less, at 30 to 65 pounds, whereas the Am Staff weighs anywhere between 40 and 70 pounds. The Pitbull is taller and more slender, whereas the Am Staff is shorter and more stocky. They are both often mistaken for other pitbull mixes.
They are both well-balanced dogs, and with the large square heads and muzzles, and their defined muscles, in the Am Staff more so, they have a combination that gives them their powerful appearance. It is also common for them both to have their ears cropped, again, this adds to their mean exterior. If they aren’t cropped, their ears are normally either rose shaped or half pricked.
Both the Am Staff and the Pitbull are available in a variety of colors. Generally, kennel clubs will not accept black and tan or liver in the Am Staff, and white that covers 80% or more of his body is not encouraged, and merle is not accepted. The Pitbull is welcome to be any color except merle. The red nose variant is the second rarest color. The merle gene has recently made its way into the gene pool from out breeding, and so despite the increase in popularity, this is not a traditional color in either breed. It is also common for them both to have different color patches across their body. Of course, neither of these dogs are accepted if they are albino. Their coats are both short, smooth and shiny. This tight coat enhances their muscular frame.
The most common question asked by those who don’t know either breed is ‘are they vicious?’. The answer is no, they are not inherently vicious, and as the famous saying goes, a dog is just as good as his owner. In reality, the Am Staff and the Pitbull are no more vicious than a Chihuahua, it is entirely dependent on their upbringing and their owners. The American Temperament Test Society conduct temperament tests every year with a vast variety of dogs. The latest results show that 86% of Am Staff’s passed the temperament test, and 87% of Pitbull’s also passed, and with the samples being 743 and 931 respectively, no one can argue that the samples weren’t large enough to be conclusive. If this is compared to another well-known dog, the Collie, whose sample was 896, only 81% of them passed the temperament test.
Because these pups are often in the news for aggression related issues, they are often compared to other dogs that pop up in the news for similar negative headlines. The Pit Bull is often compared to the Rottweiler and compared to other molosser dogs like the Presa Canario, even though there’s very little similarity.
They are very sociable and happy-go-lucky canines who adore their master and their family. They also both have a soft spot for children, and this is how they inherited the name ‘nanny dog’. Whilst we would never suggest leaving a dog alone with a child, this is one of the many reasons they make such a great family pet. They love to have a good romp around in the garden and play interactive games, so both of these guys will provide you with hours of bouncy entertainment.
The general consensus is that neither the Am Staff or the Pitbull extend their sociability towards other animals. Whilst they are gentle with humans, they can exhibit fear aggression towards other animals who they see as a threat to them or their family.
Of course, this is not the same for every Am Staff or Pitbull, but this is a generalization and is something that you need to consider if you are a multi-pet household, or if you are walking your pup in public. For this reason, neither of the breeds are suitable for a novice owner, but ultimately training and the owners are equally responsible for this behavior.
If you don’t own or know an Am Staff or a Pitbull, then a great way to see them in action is on Instagram. Wesley is a Pitbull has over 97K followers who have joined him on his journey, from being homeless to tackling his stranger fear aggression, to being a snuggle bug with his family and other dog friends. Nala is an Am Staff who also shares her doggy life, and she is equally as cute!
Both the Am Staff and the Pitbull are similar in their exercise needs, they are both medium energy dogs who require up to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Being the more athletic version, the Pitbull would enjoy slightly more exercise, whereas the Am Staff is more partial to an afternoon nap. However, they both have a lot of energy that needs to be expelled, and the best way to do this with these guys is to play interactive games with them such as fetch or agility courses.
Although they are only medium energy dogs, they require a lot of mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and destructive.
Again, the Am Staff and the Pitbull are almost identical here. They need early socialization to avoid any guarding tendencies, and to minimize fear aggression with other dogs or animals. Many owners say that their Am Staff and Pitbull are great with other dogs in the local dog park, but this is entirely down to their training.
You cannot skip this with these guys if you want a well-mannered pup. Luckily, they are very intelligent and combining this with their love for snacks, makes them very trainable.
Health and Nutrition Comparison
Both the Am Staff and the Pitbull are healthy pups, they have the same lifespan of 12 – 16 years. They are both prone to Elbow and Hip Dysplasia, which is similar to most breeds in later life. The Pitbull is more likely to develop Cerebellar Abiotrophy, which is where the part of the brain that controls balance and coordination is damaged, and therefore he can struggle with his mobility. This is something that generally appears in later life. The Am Staff is also known to suffer with cardiac issues in later life more so than the Pitbull.
Many Terrier dogs are also known to inherit skin allergies, and although this is something that they may experience throughout their lifetime, it is something that can easily be managed with medication and nutrition. If in any doubt, be sure to speak to your Veterinarian.
They will both eat around 2 ½ cups of food a day, and should be eating food that’s recommended for Pitbulls or bull terrier breeds.
These guys are exceptionally easy when it comes to grooming compared to the average pup. A bath once every two months or so will be adequate, and a brush once a week will keep them looking shiny and healthy. Other general grooming tasks such as teeth brushing and ear cleaning are the same as any other medium sized pups.
Both the Am Staff and the Pitbull, from a reputable breeder, will cost on average $800 to $1,000. If you are after a pup from a particular bloodline, then the cost may be much more.
It is important to research reputable breeders when it comes to getting either of these breeds. Reputable breeders will only breed dogs who are gentle and friendly, and if any of their pups show aggression, they will not be bred from. If you buy your pup from anywhere else, then you are risking that he has either been bred from active fighting dogs, or worse, is violent himself. A reputable breeder will not sell a vicious dog, whereas a puppy mill will do whatever they can to make a quick buck.
Alternatively, there are hundreds of thousands of these guys in rescue shelters across America, and with over 93% of Pitbull type dogs in shelters being euthanized, rescuing is something that you should consider. Of course, you may not know his history if you adopt one, but as long as you are a firm master this is something that you can overcome together.
The Am Staff and the Pitbull have shared the same hardships when it comes to their reputation, however, when you educate yourself, or get to know one of these guys, you will quickly learn that their fierce reputation is unjust.
Ultimately, they are almost identical, so for most prospective owners about to choose either one of these guys, it really comes down to their slightly differing appearance. Either way, they are both sweet souls who have a lot of love to give!
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Not only do American Pit Bull Terriers need better public relations, but there is also a lot of confusion between the actual breed and the dog “type.”
Pit Bull is a description for a type of dog, but American Pit Bull Terriers are a breed. Other breeds that rightfully fall under the term “Pit Bull” include the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American bulldog, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Any dog in the bully breed can be classified as a pit bull, and all are derived from dogs that were originally a cross between some type of bulldog and a terrier.
The American Kennel Club does not recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier, but does acknowledge a very similar breed, the Staffordshire terrier. The name distinction was created in an effort to separate the breed from a negative past. In fact, the breed has been through a number of name changes, but many people don’t realize that Pit Bull Terriers were once considered the American “family” dog or nanny dog.
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Petey, the adorable roly-poly canine companion of The Little Rascals was a pit, as was Nipper, the RCA dog and Tige, mascot to the shoe brand Buster Brown.
When properly socialized and trained, Pits could be among the friendliest dogs you’ll ever meet, and they are naturally warm and kindhearted animals.
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These medium-sized, solidly built, short-haired dogs had early ancestors in the British Isles. They have well-defined muscle structure and thick tails that taper to a point. Their coat is glossy, short, smooth, and stiff to the touch with typical coloration being spotted, brindled, or solid.
These are dogs well-suited to fit the roles of companions, police dogs, and even therapy dogs, but because of their muscular stature, the Pit Bull Terrier has often been used in illegal dog fighting operations, for guarding illegal narcotics operations, as attack dogs, or for other nefarious purposes.
It seems every generation has a dog that it decides is dangerous. In the 1800’s, that breed was the Bloodhound. Too often, dog breeds with a bad reputation get their bad rap because they are bought and trained for the purpose of being aggressive – not because they are inherently so. Any poorly trained or abused dog can become violent even when that aggression goes against their basic nature.
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In truth, the essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and a zest for life. It’s a breed that is eager to please and brimming with enthusiasm. Look beyond the bad press and you’ll understand that American Pit Bull Terriers make excellent family companions and have always been known for their love of children. This breed needs an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed, and a well-trained American Pit Bull Terrier is a dependable, good-natured and loyal companion.
Pit Bulls can be stubborn, but they respond well to a confident owner who knows how to establish and enforce rules of expected behavior. Their attitude toward strangers varies from exuberant face kissing to polite reserve, and the guarding instinct varies, as well. Companionship and ongoing socialization is important, as is moderate daily exercise to help maintain their muscle tone and agility. The breed is known for a high level of intelligence and a willingness to work.
Despite the anti-breed sentiment Pit Bulls face, these dogs are not the best choice as a guard dog since they are usually extremely friendly, even with strangers. Because of the prejudices against the breed, every American Pit Bull Terrier should be trained in basic obedience and always leashed outside of the yard.
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American Pit Bull Terriers vs. American Staffordshire Terrier: Is there Any Difference?
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American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers? Same Breed Just Different Names?
To someone who doesn’t know much about these dogs, they would just call them pit bulls, but are they truly different breeds?
Some say yes and some no…
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Do not get confused by the ears, both breeds can get their ears cropped in the United States.
Both the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and the American Staffordshire Terrier (AST) descended from a group of old style Bulldogs and old style terriers that were present in the 1800s both in the UK and in the United States.
Both breeds were originally developed for bull baiting, dog fighting, farm work and to serve as a guardian of people and property in their respective countries.
Both breeds look similar to each other, but the differences lie in the dog registries that recognized the breeds at the time.
American Pit Bull Terriers were acknowledged by the United Kennel Club in 1898 as their very first breed. At that point in the history of the U.S., dog fighting was considered a sport and in the dog world, to receive their “championship” they had to win three fights.
The United Kennel Club was formed to provide some guidelines on this newly emerging « sport. »
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Dog Registration in the Nineteenth Century
As time marched on, feelings about dog fighting changed and so did the UKC (United Kennel Club), by abandoning and condemning this vicious sport.
The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)’s reputation was forever associated with dog fighting, so the American Kennel Club (AKC) whose mission was to recognize purebred show type dogs would not acknowledge that breed.
The American Kennel Club, however, was willing to accept the American Staffordshire Terrier, and did so in 1936, calling them the Staffordshire Terrier. Essentially they were the same breed, but they each retained different names.
The Staffordshire Terrier’s name was changed in 1972 to the American Staffordshire Terrier, to distinguish them from the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, another bull and terrier breed that was developed in the U.K. for virtually the same purposes.
Since then, the AKC would not register any APBT as an American Staffordshire, stating that the two breeds were isolated for enough time to be considered different breeds.
Is this the same with the United Kennel Club?
No, the UKC will accept AKC registered American Staffordshire Terriers as American Pit Bull Terriers.
Enough about politics of the dog world.
As far as I can discern from researching both breeds, they are essentially the same dog. With that said, however, there may be big differences within the breeds’ lines.
It is clear that not all « Pit Bull » type dogs were developed, trained, and destined to fight other dogs. The majority of them were simple farm dogs that had important jobs to do on the farms of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
There was nothing to suggest that these dogs knew anything about fighting other dogs. These lines remained clear of dog fighting, but still maintained their heritage of farm dog, protector, hard worker, and livestock protector.
Early Twentieth Century Dog Debates
Fast forward about a hundred years or so.
Today’s Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers are unique because of their registration statistics. But more importantly, they differ because of their heritage and not because of their name.
There are some lines of both breeds that had little if anything to do with dog fighting. Then again, some have evolved from a long line of fighters of this questionable sport.
If you think this is a breed you want to consider, the best advice we can give is to research breeders thoroughly. Ask questions, visit their homes, and interact with their moms and dads.
American Pit Bull Terriers
There are some respectable breeders who love the breeds and want nothing to do with their breed’s dark history. There are other breeders, who don’t care and still others who find the fighting heritage of their dogs alluring and want to continue in this venue.
If you are looking for a loving, sensitive family dog, you will need to research breeders carefully, as some irresponsible breeders do little to breed out some of the most dangerous characteristics of the breed.
Modern reputable breeders, however, work very hard to produce puppies that are perfect for family life.
Both breeds can make excellent pets for the right type of owner, but that owner needs to do their homework.
To avoid the negative stereotyping of these dogs, owners and breed enthusiasts need to work tirelessly to dispel myths, and to act as ambassadors for the breed.
Best Type of APBT Owner
This is not a breed for everyone, so who are the best owners for these dogs:
- Someone who wants a family pet and companion, not someone just looking for a dog to live outside and guard the property.
- An experienced dog owner; Not the best breed for someone who has never had a dog before.
- Someone willing to take the time to socialize and train from the day the new puppy arrives and throughout the dog’s live span
- If adopting an adult dog from a shelter, the owner should have older children or no children at all.*
*If you are considering one of these dogs and have small children, or are planning to have children soon, consider getting a puppy rather than an adult dog so that the puppy and your children can grow up together.
Hope for Pit Bulls in the Twenty-First Century
Who would think that dog owners would need to become political when it comes to their dogs?
With as much negative legislation and public outcry to band these breeds, in certain municipalities, the only advocates still standing are the owners themselves.
Owners need to show that their dogs are well trained, well socialized and their owners willing to defend the bad press.
Only then will the general public begin to understand the true nature of these amazing dogs. If you love these dogs, are you willing to stand up to those that oppose them?
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Nem é preciso pôr dois cães juntos para comparar: são enormes as diferenças entre american bully e american pitbull.
Até a década de 1990, a raça american bully (que descende diretamente dos pitbulls) ainda não existia. Seus ancestrais, no entanto, já são conhecidos há séculos. Tudo começou com o desenvolvimento de “bull and terriers”, na Inglaterra, quando cães forte, ágeis e relativamente atarracados eram empregados em rinhas (contra touros e outros animais de grande porte).
Os criadores, no entanto, não entraram em concordância sobre as características ideais: enquanto os canis europeus seguiram pelo caminho dos “cães de companhia”, como os atuais buldogues ingleses e franceses. Nos EUA, no entanto, o interesse era por cães de trabalho (especialmente pastores de gado bovino).
Isto privilegiou a força e, em muitos casos, a agressividade, já que, para desenvolver suas tarefas de maneira adequada, os bulls americanos muitas vezes precisavam convencer um boi arisco a retornar para a manada. Há registros de pelo menos 200 anos sobre estes animais.
Os pitbulls são um pouco mais antigos. O American Kennel Club (AKC, entidade cinológica oficial dos EUA) começou a aceitar registro de cães da raça em 1930. No mesmo ano, foi reconhecida outra raça: american staffordshire terrier, muitas vezes confundida tanto com os pit como os bullies.
A maior parte dos países europeus proíbe a criação de american pitbulls, mas staffordshire bull terriers não provenientes dos EUA e american bullies são permitidos.
As diferenças entre o american bully e american pitbull
Em primeiro lugar, uma semelhança: em inglês, “bully” significa valentão. Já pit significa apenas “cova”, uma alusão às arenas de lutas onde a raça começou a ser forjada. Isto, por si, já demonstra que estamos falando de cães muito corajosos – no pastoreio, nas caçadas ou na defesa de patrimônio.
Outra característica comum: na seleção de padreadores e matrizes, o american pitbull e o american bully acumularam condutas agressivas e violentas. Os filhotes precisam ser adestrados desde muito cedo (a partir dos três meses de vida), para aceitação da presença de humanos e outros animais, além da obediência aos donos. Como regra geral, os bullies são mais dóceis do que os pit.
A diferença mais notável entre o american bully e o pitbull é a estrutura anatômica. Em uma analogia com o boxe, o bully é um peso pesado e o pit, um peso médio. A aparência física é semelhante, mas o bully é consideravelmente mais volumoso.
Cães das duas raças medem até 53 centímetros de altura na cernelha (as fêmeas são ligeiramente menores). No peso, no entanto, estão as diferenças das raças: o padrão aceita pitbulls com 13 a 34 quilos. Para os american bullies, o peso fica entre 25 a 45 quilos.
As duas raças são reconhecidas no Brasil, mas os reprodutores precisam apresentar harmonia entre peso e estatura (não podem exibir características de sobrepeso ou obesidade, problemas mais comuns nos american bullies).
A maioria dos pitbulls não apresenta problemas de relacionamento com humanos, a menos que sejam estimulados a desenvolver agressividade excessiva. No entanto, muitos destes cães não toleram a presença de outros animais de estimação, a menos que possam ocupar o “topo da hierarquia” – da mesma forma como estavam acima do gado, em suas funções originais.
Red Nose Pitbull
Os cães da raça são fortes, ágeis e extremamente resistentes: conseguem tracionar carros com até quatro vezes o seu peso. Eles precisam de muito exercício: corridas, saltos e treinamentos de agility são ideais para mantê-los ativos, saudáveis e felizes.
A mordida dos pitbulls é bastante possante, especialmente porque o encaixe dos dentes permite que eles continuem respirando normalmente. Isto significa que eles não soltam a presa com facilidade. No entanto, eles não são os cães mais fortes: praticamente todas as raças caninas de guarda de grande porte (como o rottweiler – o mais forte – e o pastor alemão, por exemplo), podem causar estragos maiores.
Na ascendência dos american bullies, além dos old english bulldogs e pitbulls, figuram: american staffordshire terrier, buldogue inglês e buldogue americano. Como já foi dito, a seleção foi feita visando à obtenção de cães de trabalho, rústicos e resistentes.
American bully xl
O AKC começou a aceitar registros de bullies apenas em 2013 (mesmo ano em que os primeiros animais chegaram ao Brasil e a Confederação Brasileira de Cinofilia reconheceu a raça). Muito antes disto, porém, já havia associações de criadores já classificavam os indivíduos e discutiam o padrão ideal.
O peito largo e profundo deste peso pesado do mundo canino impressiona: é a principal característica da raça – e também o maior diferencial em relação a seus primos (os pitbulls e bull terriers, além de animais de raças menos conhecidas no país).
Um american bully é um cão bastante amigo, leal e dedicado aos donos, sociáveis com outros pets, e está classificado como “cão de companhia”. Por se tratar de animal de pequeno e médio porte, o bully não deve ser empregado como cão de guarda, apesar de ser bastante territorialista.
American Bully Pocket
A raça apresenta quatro variedades, de acordo com o tamanho: pocket (de bolso, a mais comum no Brasil), standard, classic, extreme e XL (extra large, ou supergrande). Um único american bully está registrado como XXL: é Hulk, residente em New Hampshire (EUA), que deve gerar uma nova variedade.
O animal, de 80 quilos, é uma fêmea: há oito meses (agosto de 2015), Hulk deu à luz oito filhotes, que estão causando sensação: já foram feitas ofertas de até US$ 55 mil para adquirir um destes candidatos e bullies gigantes.
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Many people do not know that there is a distinction between the Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Although they share the Pit Bull genes‚ today, they classify as separate breeds. Staffordshire Terriers are often known as AmStaff for short. They are originated from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier but with some genetic modifications to give them a bulkier appearance and a bigger head. The American Pit Bull Terrier is said to have also originated from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I suppose you could say that both of these dogs are cousins of each other.
It is also interesting to note that the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not register the American Pit Bull Terrier as a recognized breed in their dog breed listing, but the United Kennel Club (UKC) does.
Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Terrier is bred for show purposes while the American Pit Bull Terrier is a non-show type dog. There is a significant difference in the size of these two dogs‚ the Amstaff is a much heavier and bulkier dog than the American Pit Bull Terrier. The Amstaff shares a more massive bone structure than its cousin the American Pit Bull Terrier. A male Staffordshire Terrier can weigh up to 90 pounds whereas the male Pit Bull Terrier weighs around 70 pounds. You may find some Pit Bull Terriers weighing more than this, and it only means that they have a mix of another dog in them such as a Mastiff.
The Amstaff will do great in canine sports such as weight pulling, and Pit Bulls will do well in agility training. In both breeds, the female dogs weigh slightly less than male dogs. Both breeds share good genetics and can live up to 15 years if well cared for.
Common diseases affecting both dog breeds include hip dysplasia, cataracts, and heart disease. The Staffordshire Terrier is more prone to heart murmurs and thyroid issues. Grooming is effortless on both dog breeds‚ only a light brushing is needed every week or so. Both dog breeds are capable of producing five to ten puppies in a litter.
Staffordshire Terrier vs Pit Bull Temperament
Both the Staffordshire and the Pit Bull Terrier are people friendly dogs. It is the dog owners responsibility to keep the dog as the lowest pack member in their family. As long as you follow this rule, they will get along with everyone in your household, including kids. Staffies and Pit Bull Terriers are both also very courageous dogs and will go to extreme measures to protect their human family. As an American Pit Bull Terrier owner myself, I know that these dogs are very protective of their owner’s property. These dogs have a high tolerance for pain so you will find some Pit Bulls not even bothered by electric fences. From what I observed, females in both breeds are more protective and stay closer to their owners than males.
Staffordshire Terrier vs Pit Bull | Which Dog to Get?
While deciding between the Staffordshire Terrier vs. Pit Bull, it merely comes down to personal preference. These are both excellent dogs that only know to love their human owners. Both dogs will return twice the love an attention that you show them.
Don’t be fooled by the media that says every dog who bites a human is a Pit Bull. I can vouch for the American Pitbull Terrier because I am an owner of one. My American Pit Bull Terrier is now eight years of age, and she has yet to bite a single human being or animal.
Ultimately, you, as the dog owner, help shape canine behavior. It is due to this fact it is much harder to train an adopted or abused adult Pit Bull vs. a Pit Bull puppy. With some persistence, nothing is impossible. I have seen many dogs from abused backgrounds that have made a full recovery.
Staffordshire Terrier Vs. Pit Bull: My Personal Favorite
I very much like the American Pit Bull Terrier compared to the muscle-bound build of the Amstaff. I also own a piece of history by owing the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Did you know that the Pit Bull Terrier served in the military during World War I and World War II?
I know of many people who love the muscle-bound look of a Staffy more, so it all comes down to personal likes. If you are into showing your dog or sports such as weight pulling, then get a Staffy. If you want a loving dog and a family companion, stick with an American Pit Bull Terrier. Both of these dogs are amazing, and please spay and neuter your dogs at a year of age to avoid unwanted pregnancies. It is heartbreaking to see that so many of these loving dogs end up in shelters. Many dogs wait a very long time for their forever homes, and if none comes forward, they are often euthanized.
Difference between Amstaff and Pit Bull
Updated on February 24, 2018
Amazing dogs and wonderful companions, the Amstaff and the Pit Bull are two breeds most people cannot tell the difference between. Although they look alike as they are part of the same family, they have different characteristics and different temperaments which recommend them for certain types of owners. Both breeds are well proportioned, muscular and have straight bull-like muzzles. Both are loyal and courageous, alert and intelligent. So, how can we tell them apart?
American Staffordshire Terrier
The Amstaff stands for the American Staffordshire Terrier, which is a type of Pit Bull. Despite the name, they were first bred in England in the 19th century. The breed thrives in a family environment, is very protective and loyal and is at its best when given a job and when it is properly exercised. They are incredibly protective, loyal and courageous animals, generally healthy with a life span of 12-14 years. They are low maintenance dogs with short hair with a moderate amount of shedding. The breed can adapt to apartment life, but a house with a back yard is always the better option.
American Pit Bull Terrier
The Pit Bull or American Pit Bull Terrier, which is the breed most representative of the Pit Bull type, is successfully used for police work, therapy and guard duties. They have the same lineage as the Amstaff, which means they were bred in England in the 19th century. They are agile, strong, tenacious, very obedient and very good with children as they are tolerant. Well behaved when properly trained, Pit Bulls can find their place in a family. They are very alert, social and cheerful dogs which need a lot of exercise and an assertive owner. As far as maintenance goes, Pit Bulls need normal grooming which includes brushing and nail clipping.
Amstaff vs Pit Bull
What’s the difference between Amstaff and Pit Bull?
The Pit Bull breeds are a cross between Bulldog and Terrier, some breeds having taken on the characteristics of one of the two more than the other. As suggested by the name, these dogs were used in baiting bulls or bears and ended up being pitted against each other in blood sports. This accounts for their reputation of being aggressive attack dogs. However, it all lies with their training as they are very receptive animals, very obedient and eager to please.
As far as appearance goes, the Amstaff can be black, blue, white or brown while the American Pit Bull Terrier’s fur color can be black, blue, white, brown, gray, red and yellow and it may also include mixes. Also, the Amstaff is closer to the Bulldog as can be seen from the dog’s overall bulkier aspect and from the fact that this breed is usually bigger than the American Pit Bull Terrier. Otherwise, there are very few notable differences, which means that even experts avoid guessing these dogs’ breeds at a glance.
The Amstaff takes a bit from the Bulldog temperament as well, as it can be a bit stubborn. Being easy to train, the Pit Bull does better in this department, making it the more recommended choice of first-time owners. Neither of the two breeds has a high potential for loud, prolonged or useless barking and they both have an overall cheerful nature which makes them friendly to other people.
|A bit stubborn||Very eager to please|
|Needs an assertive, experienced owner||Better suited for first time owners|
|Can be black, blue, white or brown||Can be black, blue, white, brown, gray, red and yellow and it may also include mixes|
|Sturdy constitution||Well-built yet slender|
Have you ever wondered how to tell an Amstaff From A Pit Bull? Don’t worry, a lot of people do. Both
of these breeds have the same beginnings. It was later on when the split occurred. We are going to take
a look at both of these breeds and see what the difference is… or if there indeed is a difference. Both of these
breeds are beautiful creatures and currently have different roles, but are they the same dog?
Let’s dive in and see.
The American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier have the same roots. In the
18th/19thcentury both of these breeds came from a Bulldog and Terrier mix. There was no difference.
In the 1930’s some owners of these dogs wanted to join the AKC. It is believed by many that the dogs
were, all the same, until the first batch entered the AKC and were eventually bred together into what
today is the Amstaff.
Now that we have a table-top view of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier,
let’s take a little closer look at both of these impressive breeds.
American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull-Round 1
When talking about the American Pitbull Terrier and the Amstaff, its usually said that two breeds of dog were used
to develop what is known today as the aforementioned. When it comes to the American Staffordshire Terrier, there
is a school of thought that believes the White English Terrier or possibly the Black and Tan Terrier was bred with
a Bulldog to create the Amstaff. The controversy with this is that it’s believed the American Pitbull Terrier and
American Staffordshire Terrier derived from the same breeds during the eighteenth and nineteenth century which
would have been from the Olde English Bulldog and the Olde English Terrier.
Up until the 19030s, these two dogs were the same breed, and then in 1936, it is said that a group of APBT was
allowed into the American Kennel Club referred to as Staffordshire Terriers. It was done this way due to the prestigious
name of the AKC, and they did not want the controversy of having a known fighting dog affiliated with them. Up until
late 1972, the American Staffordshire Terrier was known as a Staffordshire Terrier but due to the breed actually being
slightly different than its British counterpart the name was changed to the American Staffordshire Terrier to separate it from
the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is anywhere from 17 to 19 inches tall weighing anywhere from 55 to 70 lbs for
males and 40 to 50 lbs for females and living anywhere from 12 to 16 years. While there isn’t any specific weight and
height for the Amstaff, they are expected to be proportionate. His body is of medium length. The ears can be cropped,
or they can be long, there’s no penalization for either. The nose has to be black. A red nose that is sometimes seen in
American Pit Bull Terriers will be a cause for disqualification. The Amstaff is a powerfully built dog who is also agile.
American Staffordshire Terrier v.s PitBull-Round 2
As we talked about before, around the 19th century people in England, Ireland, and Scotland that had interest in Bull Bating
dogs begin to breed the Olde English Bulldog with the Olde English Terrier. Breeders were looking for a dog that had the
power of the Bulldog but they used the Terrier to give what they call in dog circles gameness, this is where the dog is
tenacious and doesn’t quit until she sees the job as done. Enter the APBT. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a strong dog
known for her athleticism, short coat, broad chest, and a wedge-like head, and tail that tapers down from its body. The American
Pit Bull Terrier is also known for her enthusiasm. She enjoys being around people, playing dog games, running around, and
even will sometimes throw herself to the ground and roll around in what some people have lovingly called a “pit fit”.
Aggressiveness towards humans is not normal and neither is extreme shyness. the weight for an average male American
Pitbull Terrier should be between 35 and 60 lb and a female should weigh somewhere between 30 and 50 lb. The APBT
height should be anywhere from 18 to 21 in for male and 17 to 20 in for a female. The most important part of this though
is that the weight is proportionate to the height. A disqualification factor for American Pitbull Terriers could be a dog that’s
either excessively heavy or tall with no weight to height proportion.
American Pit Bull Terriers that participate in UKC sanctioned events can be disqualified for the following reasons: Viciousness
or excessive shyness, albinism, a long coat, dwarfism, screw tail, or having a Merle color. The UKC does note that there is a
certain level of dog aggression that is considered normal in the breed. Owners are expected to comply with UKC policies on the
dog temperament at the events. The cropping of ears and the docking of tails will not be judged either way as some countries
outlaw this practice.
American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull-Round 3
As we look at both of these breeds it appears to me it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish one from the other. As
a matter of fact, it appears we are talking about the same dog. Over the years there have been some interesting intersections that
these two breeds have had. Maybe we are talking about the same dog after all. Obviously, due to selective breeding, these two
breeds have experienced a fork in the road, but not enough of one because DNA testing can’t make a definite distinction.
The only difference that I can see as relevant is that you cant show an American Pit Bull Terrier in an AKC event. This is
due to the organization wanting to distance itself from the bad press of dog fighting that APBT has garnered over the years.
The sad thing of that being is that this breed is not able to prove itself as a show dog by name, even though It is in a way through
the American Staffordshire Terrier.
American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull-Final Round
I always try to end things on a positive note and this “American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull difference” article is no different.
Let’s take a little peek into the world of the Amstaff and the APBT to see some fun and interesting things they share. First of all
its no secret that both of these breeds are loyal to their families, fun loving, energetic, hard-working, and sometimes silly. What a lot
of people don’t know are the interesting facts and celebrity stories behind these two breeds.
During World War 1 the American Pitbull Terrier was a representation of the United States. The APBT was also used in the RCA
and the Buster Brown Shoe Company logos. A famous American Pitbull Terrier known as Petey stared in the early version of
the Little Rascals when it was known as Our Gang. Petey was also registered with the AKC as an Amstaff. A Pitbull mix
became a decorated hero during World War I. Noted American Pitbull Terrier owners include Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller,
and, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Other celebrities that are or have been guardians of American Pitbull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers include:
APBT Guardians: Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, Kaley Cuoco, Alicia Silverstone, Jon Stewart, Sophia Bush,
Tom Brady, Jammie Foxx, Kevin Bacon, Rachael Ray, Linda Blair, Wil Wheaton, Cesar Millan, Norman Reedus, Judd Nelson,
just to name a few.
Amstaff Guardians: Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, Kaley Cuoco, Alicia Silverstone, Jon Stewart, Sophia Bush,
Tom Brady, Jammie Foxx, Kevin Bacon, Rachael Ray, Linda Blair, Wil Wheaton, Cesar Millan, Norman Reedus, Judd Nelson.
“Wait, all you did was copy the same list”! I know…this is where things get confusing and the waters get muddied with this breed.
the lay person does not know the difference most of the time. During my research, I found several celebrities that were listed as
owning an APBT, and then on another list, it showed them owning an Amstaff. Obviously, Cesar Millan has always had an APBT
as its well documented on his shows, but as for the others….who really knows? I think the main take away in this article is that they
are both beautiful animals who were the same breed until the 30’s, then when a batch was able to enter the AKC, they were renamed
America Staffordshire Terriers and after years of selective breeding basically became that breed.
American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull-Closing
On the AKC website, it states that the Amstaff comes from the British line of “Pitdog” and “Pitbull” breeds. It goes on to say that
American breeders wanted a heavier version so the American Staffordshire Terrier was born. Its widely accepted the AKC wanted
to distance itself from looking like it was endorsing dog fighting, so the name American Staffordshire Terrier was born.
So the winner of the American Staffordshire Terrier vs. PitBull battle is?… The person who is the guardian of either one
of these hardy breeds that take the time to learn from an expert all that they can to build a healthy and loving relationship.