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.