My Mother with one
of Kathy Millers
quarter horse mares.
Welcome to the online home of IRONSTONE AMSTAFFS.
Where we live for our dogs not off of them. At Ironstone
AmStaffs we stand by the old saying, form follows function. I
believe that a true amstaff should resemble the job they
were bred to do. (see AKC & UKC Standards and our
home-page general description).
I pride myself on the fact that we do not breed a lot of litters
every year but instead  produce QUALITY American
Staffordshire Terriers with proper temperaments.
Every breeding is well thought out.

My involvement in Am Staffs started in 1997 when I began a
co-ownership of Isabelle, AKA AKC CH Wood Forest EZ
Bluessence CGC, with a long time family friend, Debra
Hubbenette of Bluessence Kennel. Debra was my first
mentor in the breed and she taught me how to handle Am
Staffs in the conformation ring. I began showing Isabelle to
her AKC conformation Championship as well as Junior
The rest is history!!
I bred my first litter of Am Staffs in 2001 and since then I have
only bred 4 litters of puppies.

I would like to take a moment to explain my families
involvement in the animal world. We have always been
involved in some kind of training or showing of animals. My
Great Grandfather Phillips was a thoroughbred horse
breeding manager and later on a trainer of thoroughbred
racehorses for several top stables in California at that time,
namely Harry Warner of Warner Bros, and Mr. and Mrs.
George Ring, and Mr. Fred Zahotti. This was around the late

Grandpa Ruggeri was a Jockey in the 1950's and 60's and
then Later on a "starting gate official" for thoroughbred
racing in Northern California.
My Great Great Grandfather Glick bred beagles for Hunting in
the 1920's.

My Mother Renee Ruggeri, her sister Sherry, and brothers
Kelly and Johnny, all competed in 4H showing their Cattle,
Pigs, and Sheep.

After a while I started to venture out and handle other
breeds of dogs. I have known Kathy Miller of Sandy Oak
Chesapeakes my whole life and it was a natural thing for me
to start to show her dogs. My mother had shown Kathy's
Quarter horses in halter classes about 20 years previous to
this and it was such an honor for me to be able to show her
dogs. Kathy had taught me how to ride horses and I spent
almost every waking moment at her house when I was at my
grandmothers for school breaks. Kathy has taught me a lot
about training and handling and if wasn't for Kathy I might not
be where I am today.

I have had the honor to mentor under my best friend and
other mom, Tracy Olson ( Cabaret Beagles) my friend Marj
Brooks ( Manorie Dobermans)  Mike Stone and Alisa Syar
(Silverice Alaskan Malamutes), and a few others. I would like
to take this opportunity to thank these people for all their
time and knowledge that they have given me.

All of this time and effort has been taken to help promote
myself and my dogs. I have had several top wining dogs that I
have owned, bred, or handled for other people.

My Goal for the future of Ironstone Am Staffs is to have,
first and foremost, temper-mentally and structurally sound,
Am Staffs who not only possess intellect but who are also  
gorgeous magnificent looking dogs.

The time spent in the last 16 years of studying and
researching the history of this breed as well as pedigrees
and pictures of all the dogs going back as far as I could, has
helped me to develope in my opinion of what I believe a
proper amstaff should look and behave like. I believe that I
have an eye for proper structure and how well a dog is put
together. I hope I can continue to breed AWESOME American
Staffordshire Terriers for years to come.

A young Catherine
with my uncles
Smooth Fox Terrier