Breeds You Should Know: Bully Breeds

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Sometimes referred to by the nickname "Amstaffs," this breed made many appearances on war posters in the United States during the first half of the 20th Century as a symbol of courage and bravery. As a result, many thought of these dogs as true all-American pets. Early ancestors of the Amstaff, however, actually trace back to England; it was first bred in the U.S. toward the end of the 19th century, primarily to guard property, help out on farms and provide companionship. Though medium in size, the American Staffordshire terrier has a stocky build and strong head. It's also active and affectionate, even toward strangers. If you want pop culture's perspective on what this canine is like, Pete the Pup -- who starred in several "Our Gang" films and "The Little Rascals" series during the 1920s and 1930s -- is an Amstaff.

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