The Am Staf Type

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Each breed has only one "right type", the typical Am Staf is the one that most closely matches the binding characteristics of the breed. The "type" is precisely what divides one dog breed from another. In all breeds there are small differences in size, expression, essence and elegance. These inequalities can be traced back to family peculiarities that determine differences in line, but not in type.

The greatest weapon of destruction for a pure dog breed is the ignorance of its Standard

Bill & Gotti


In photo William Frank “Bill” Peterson with GCH De Paco XZ Gallant Godfather, “Gotti”


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 surrounding. He should be stocky, non long-legged or racy in outline. His courage is proverbial.

The Ultimate American Staffordshire Terrier - Il nuovo libro di Paco Zanoia

Staffordshire Terrier

Diamante del mio nuovo libro ed ineguagliabile valore aggiunto è questo esclusivo capitolo, appositamente ed esclusivamente scritto per me dal mio caro amico e mentore W. F. Bill Peterson (Willynwood Knl.). Questo scritto renderà inconfutabilmente chiare a tutti le origini e il percorso della nostra razza sin dai suoi albori nella “The Grand Old Breed”. Ogni passaggio del lungo percorso dell’ “All-American Dog” è dettagliatamente documentato da Mr. Peterson non a caso nato nel 1936, lo stesso anno in cui la razza ebbe il suo riconoscimento ufficiale dall'A.K.C.


Buddy Nats 2017 AOM

THE BREEDER: Renato Paco Zanoia
Interviewed by Milla Kanninen & Mihaela Kosic
BIS: Firstly can You give us some background on yourself? How old were you and how did it all come about?
R.P.Z. : My name is Paco, Renato Paco Zanoia. I was born in the 1959. Since 1973 my passion is dogs, I am the only owner, founder and curator of the De Paco’s X-Z Line...

The movement of am staf in the coming years

The movement of am staf in the coming years

I feel compelled to write to President Trump also to solve the growing problem in the rings of dog show in America and all over the the world... In fact, as few of us know, type and balance are of great importance and size should be kept in line with the Standard, and "showmanship is of some importance", but the real test for Am Staf is - the proper Terrier movement. German Shep is another breed.

The expert breeding of the American Staffordshire Terrier

Bill Peterson with Paco Zanoia at Little Italy Restaurant in Verbania

The ancients said: "Like begets like"... was one of the oldest forms of selective breeding that created most of the dog breeds. The method was essential, it consisted in establishing the kind of dog that the breeder had decided to represent as his "ideal type" in few generations, mating it with others of similar type, eliminating all that closely don't resemble its parents. This technique is still one of the most important basic principles of the selection. To speak about the Am Staf selection it is of fundamental importance that I tell you something about the beginnings of Cliff Ormsby's breeding.

The American Staffordshire Terrier Gold Book

The American Staffordshire Terrier Book

In almost no other dog breed, recognized by the American Kennel Club and the F.C.I., is possible to establish the origins and the path of the ancestors with certainty and precision, except for the American Staffordshire Terrier. This “All-American Dog” breed was handed down to us by the U.S. Breeders; these dogs have an intact temperament, they are physically healthy and reliable towards human beings. The Am Staf is ideal as a family dog, excellent for work; it is an affectionate and happy dog. It likes living with the family and for the family.