American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Summary
Smart, Confident, Courageous and Loyal
Originally bred as fighters and bull baiters, these mighty dogs are slightly taller and heavier than their cousins – the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Despite their reputation as aggressive dogs, developed early in the breed’s history, the American Staffordshire Terriers are gentle, affectionate dogs that make furbulous family protectors.
AmStaffers often describe their dogs as being well aware of their surroundings and lovable ‘personality dogs’ around the house. This pooch loves mental and physical challenges and is highly trainable.
|Lifespan||12 - 14 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males: 18" - 19" Females: 17" - 18"|
|Weight||Males and Females: 40lb - 51lb|
|Coat||Short and Smooth|
|Color||Black, Brown, Red, Cream, Fawn, Blue, White, Pied, Sable, Brindle|
|Common health issues||Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Heart Disease|
|Other Names||Am Staff, Bull and Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier|
The loyal quality of the AmStaff can provide you with a dog that can appear rather docile, while also being rather protective of their owners. While in the presence of trusted owners, this pooch will remain friendly to those around them, however, they may become aggressive if they feel challenged.
Quick to learn and eager to please their humans, this pooch makes a great student. Despite their tough dog persona, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a dog that loves to love.
The ‘bull-and-terrier’ dogs arrived in the United States towards the end of the 19th century where they became known as American Bull Terriers and Pit Bull Terriers. Though the details aren’t completely clear, it’s said that these dogs were not used so much for fighting, but instead more commonly used for companionship, general farm work and hunting. In time, the breed was developed into taller dogs with larger builds than their English counterparts. The breed was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1936 as the Staffordshire Terrier. The name was then changed in 1972 to differentiate between the shorter, smaller English version – the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Today, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Bull Terrier are two completely separate breeds.