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American Staffordshire Terrier: Breed Temperament, Exercise Needs & Health (AmStaffs)
Group: AKC Terrier;
not recognized by KCGB; Mastiff
AKC Ranking: 66
Also Known As:
American Staffordshire, Am Staff
About American Staffordshire Terrier
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The American Staffordshire Terrier was developed to combine the spirit
and agility of the terrier with the courage
and tenacity of the Bulldog. Originally called
the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, he later had such
names as Half and Half, Pit Dog, and Pit Bullterrier.
In America he was often called the Yankee
The American Staffordshire Terrier,
although it started out as the same breed as the
Staffordshire Bull Terrier of England, is heavier
in weight than its cousin.
Bred as a watchdog and family
companion, American Staffordshire Terrier is often
confused with American Pit Bull Terrier that split
from the original breeding and was used for fighting
purposes only. The two could be no further apart.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The American Staffordshire Terrier
is a very stocky, muscular dog who is strong but
agile. His broad, round head, short muzzle, and
strong jaws give the appearance of a much fiercer
dog than he is. Sometimes his erect ears are cropped.
The American Staffordshire Terrier’s straight
legs are set far apart to support his body mass.
Although his eyes are round, he often has them squinted.
The Am Staff is broad, his hips
and shoulders are widely set and muscular. His chest
is deep and broad. His body is low, set on fairly
short, very sturdy legs.
The coat color of the American
Staffordshire Terrier can be anything except all
white. It should be less than 80% white but the
dog can have large swatches or patches of white.
Many have blazes, collars, undersides and legs of
The American Staffordshire Terrier’s
coat is short, close, stiff to the touch, and very
Males: 17 -19 inches
Females: 16 – 18 inches
Males: 55 – 65 lbs
Females: 45 – 55 lbs
Temperament of the Dog
Am Staff Terrier, as they are
sometimes called, can make a fine family pet if
care is taken to locate a responsible breeder. The
American Staffordshire Terrier is intelligent, good-natured,
loyal, and amusing. He is excellent with children
as well as adults. And he is very full of life and
normally friendly and outgoing.
American Staffordshire Terriers
are loving and loyal and will make an excellent
watchdog. If backed into a corner or provoked or
if their family is threatened, they will fight to
the death to defend themselves or their family and
property. They have a very high tolerance to pain.
And their courage is proverbial.
The American Staffordshire Terrier
can make a good companion for the family that is
willing to guide and train them early. However,
it is not a good breed for those who do not fully
understand the pack mentality and how to work with
it. All members of the family must establish their
Alpha position over the dog and must maintain it
Training to lead is easy but because
of the domineering, protective nature of the breed,
they should never be off lead in the presence of
canines that are unfamiliar to them – some
are quite dog aggressive. Socialization with other
canines is imperative, and the earlier you can begin
the better results you will see. Am Staffs are too
strong for children or older adults to handle in
Although he does not look like
it, the American Staffordshire Terrier is agile
and graceful with great strength for his size.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor
American Staffordshire Terriers
need to live indoors. They are sensitive to the
cold and prefer warm climates. Otherwise, prepare
for sweaters and coats to be worn.
They will do okay in an apartment,
but they are very active and playful indoors. They
will need daily walks. A small, securely fenced
yard is nice but not necessary.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
A lively dog, American Staffordshire
Terriers are excellent with children. They are strong
and muscular so are best suited for older children
and adults while training.
How Active is the Breed?
This is a very active breed. They
run and jump and play indoors even more than outdoors.
How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at
every stage of its Life?
Puppies are more energetic than
adults. Apartment life is adequate as they find
exercise in play but they will still need supplemental
Grooming needs are relatively
simple and can be done by most owners at home. A
regular (monthly) bath and brushing with nail clip
will keep its short coat in shape. Rubbing with
a piece of toweling or chamois will make the coat
The health of the American Staffordshire
Terrier is often very good with responsible breeding
but some instances of hereditary cataracts, hip
dysplasia and congenital heart disease are found.
Sensitivity to cold makes them want to live in warm
climates or wear a sweater.
Breeding the Dog and any Cautions
A qualified breeder should be sought to help you
find the right mate.
Litters Size: average 5 –
Life Span: 9 – 15 yrs
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National Breed Clubs: US –
American Staffordshire – www.amstaff.org
Other Recognition: FCI,
AKC, CKC, NKC, NZKC, CKC, APBR, ANKC, APRI, ACR
Rescue Link: www.amstaff.org
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