American Staffordshire Terrier

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Exercise needed:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Terrier    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , , ,


Size: Medium     Weight:     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 9 – 15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The American Staffordshire Terrier originated in nineteenth century in the English region of Staffordshire, by crossing bulldogs and various terriers. Two strains of these dogs were developed to its present looks in America, a show strain, the American Staffordshire Terrier and a fighting Dog strain labeled the American Pit Bull Terrier which is a much more aggressive dog.

The two are now being recognized as separate breeds and they both make gentle and loving pets towards people with the right kind of owner. The American Staffordshire has a stocky and powerfully muscular body and is extremely strong for his size, also they has a very high tolerance for pain. The American Staffordshire Terrier is faithful and courageous, highly protective and devoted to his family.


Can come in many colors including black and tan, red, brown, and white.


The Staffordshire Terrier has a very short coat, stiff to the touch, close, stiff, and glossy.


The American Staffordshire Terrier is good-natured, stable, and responsive to things around them, it has given outstanding results as a guardian of property. Extremely loyal the Am Staff wants nothing more then to please its master. The American Staffordshire Terrier does well with children and adults when socialized from a puppy, but tend to be territorial especially towards other animals and should not be left unsupervised around them.


A generally healthy breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier are prone to hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts and congenital heart disease. The smooth, short-haired coat requires minimal, to sometimes no grooming. Occasional bath is all right, but dry shampooing is preferred. Brush on a regularly with a firm bristle brush.


All dogs have an instinct to have a pack order, and this breed is not for the owner who does not understand that. The American Staffordshire Terrier need a dominant and experienced handler. It is an excellent guard dogs, intelligent and courageous yet very willful and stubborn, protective of its family. Its training can be a little difficult because of his independent character and is very high energy. When properly trained and socialized at an early age, the American Staffordshire Terrier makes a great friend. Some of the Am Staff talents are watchdog, farmers and police helper, is also great in weight pulling and agility.


If the American Staffordshire Terrier have plenty of regular exercise (At least two hours), he will do okay in an apartment yet he have the tendency to become bored indoors. At least a medium sized yard to run and daily walks, also, make sure to keep them leashed in public to avoid troubles.

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