American Staffordshire Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about American Staffordshire Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the American Staffordshire Terrier have?
StaffordStaffyAmstaff
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

American Staffordshire Terrier Price and Availability

Price
How much does the American Staffordshire Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is {name_prefix}?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the American Staffordshire Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a American Staffordshire Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Staffordshire Terrier gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a American Staffordshire Terrier? How many American Staffordshire Terrier are there in the world?
Very frequent: The American Staffordshire Terrier is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

American Staffordshire Terrier Size

Size
Is {name_prefix} small, medium or large dog?

How big do American Staffordshire Terrier get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the American Staffordshire Terrier weigh? How much should the American Staffordshire Terrier breed weight?
57-67 pounds (25-30 kg)
Average Weight
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62 pounds (27.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Staffordshire Terrier? American Staffordshire Terrier height:
Male: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (41-46 cm)
Average Height
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Male: 18 inches (45.5 cm), Female: 17 inches (43.5 cm)

American Staffordshire Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper American Staffordshire Terrier's coat?
BrownBlue WhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the American Staffordshire Terrier and how often?
Effortless: The American Staffordshire Terrier requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Stafford?
American Staffordshire Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. American Staffordshire Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the American Staffordshire Terrier need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my American Staffordshire Terrier every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

American Staffordshire Terrier Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AttentiveDevotedLoyalIntelligentCourageousFriendlyTenacious
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Staffordshire Terrier? Is the American Staffordshire Terrier breed dumb or smart?
Smart: American Staffordshire Terrier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. The American Staffordshire Terrier is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.
Trainability
Are American Staffordshire Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Staffordshire Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? American Staffordshire Terrier sensitivity:
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is {name_prefix} a good family dog?
High: American Staffordshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Stafford need? American Staffordshire Terrier social needs:
American Staffordshire Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Stafford bark?
Average: The American Staffordshire Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is American Staffordshire Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
American Staffordshire Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
American Staffordshire Terriers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do American Staffordshire Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Stafford? What are the odds of getting bitten by a American Staffordshire Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the American Staffordshire Terrier has a hard bite? What is the bite force of {name_prefix}?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

American Staffordshire Terrier bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The American Staffordshire Terrier, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Staffordshire Terrier do?
American Staffordshire Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Staffordshire Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Staffordshire Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does American Staffordshire Terrier roam?
American Staffordshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does American Staffordshire Terrier have high prey drive?
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is American Staffordshire Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the American Staffordshire Terrier breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the American Staffordshire Terrier indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: American Staffordshire Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can you leave the American Staffordshire Terrier alone?
American Staffordshire Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

American Staffordshire Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? American Staffordshire Terrier temperament with other people:
American Staffordshire Terriers are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are American Staffordshire Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
American Staffordshire Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are American Staffordshire Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? American Staffordshire Terrier temperament with children:
American Staffordshire Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the American Staffordshire Terrier breed live with a cat?
American Staffordshire Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is American Staffordshire Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs get along with other dogs?
American Staffordshire Terriers are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Staffordshire Terrier is not the best choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is American Staffordshire Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is American Staffordshire Terrier breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
American Staffordshire Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are American Staffordshire Terriers good office dogs? Do American Staffordshire Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can American Staffordshire Terriers be office dogs?
Yes
American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Stafford temperament with senior people? Are American Staffordshire Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
American Staffordshire Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.

American Staffordshire Terrier Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the American Staffordshire Terrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the American Staffordshire Terrier see the vet?
Average
The American Staffordshire Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a American Staffordshire Terrier be? What is the age limit of the American Staffordshire Terrier? How many years can the oldest American Staffordshire Terrier live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of American Staffordshire Terrier: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Staffordshire Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Staffordshire Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? What is the activity level of the American Staffordshire Terrier?
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
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American Staffordshire Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the American Staffordshire Terrier breed need?
American Staffordshire Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
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2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.American Staffordshire Terriers should be given a diet formulated for a mid-to-large size dog with moderate energy levels.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? American Staffordshire Terrier risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the American Staffordshire Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The American Staffordshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the American Staffordshire Terrier drool?
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

American Staffordshire Terrier As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can American Staffordshire Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). American Staffordshire Terrier breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can American Staffordshire Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a American Staffordshire Terrier be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. American Staffordshire Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can American Staffordshire Terrier be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. American Staffordshire Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can American Staffordshire Terrier be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The American Staffordshire Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can American Staffordshire Terrier be a boat dog?

Not really

American Staffordshire Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can American Staffordshire Terrier be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. American Staffordshire Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where American Staffordshire Terrier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

American Staffordshire Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is {name_prefix} pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the American Staffordshire Terrier breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female American Staffordshire Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Staffordshire Terrier have in a litter? How many puppies can the American Staffordshire Terrier breed have for the first time? How many puppies does {name_prefix} have?
5-10 puppies

American Staffordshire Terrier Recognition

AKC Group
Is American Staffordshire Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is American Staffordshire Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Bull type Terriers section.

American Staffordshire Terrier Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: American Staffordshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: American Staffordshire Terriers are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The American Staffordshire Terrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: American Staffordshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Child Friendly: American Staffordshire Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: American Staffordshire Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: American Staffordshire Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: American Staffordshire Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the American Staffordshire Terrier breed in the home.
  • Mouthiness: American Staffordshire Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: American Staffordshire Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: American Staffordshire Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: American Staffordshire Terriers are not dog-friendly.

American Staffordshire Terrier History

The American Staffordshire terrier’s history can be traced back to the 19th century, originating in England. Sadly the bulldogs and terriers of the time were started to get crossed in order to create fighting dogs although dogfighting was outlawed in the United Kingdom as early as 1835, it continued to flourish as the ban was difficult to enforce. The aim was to create animals that possessed the agile and energetic characteristics of a terrier and also the perseverance and confidence of a bulldog.

In the case of bull-type terrier breeds, all can agree that the common component in their makeup was the Bulldog although its appearance and characteristics widely differed from the one we know today, it was a much ferocious creature back then. The disagreement begins with the terrier part. There is a lot of argument between experts about which pre-existing terrier breeds resides in the Staffordshire’s genetic background. Some claim it was the white English Terrier or the Black-and-Tan Terrier, that was used as a cross with the Bulldog to perfect the Staffordshire Terrier. Others suggest that game terrier, for example, the Fox Terriers were used due to their gameness, which is useful in fights, so it is rational to conclude that the breeder's intentions were to perfect the bloodline with this characteristic. Anyways, it was the cross between the Bulldog and terriers that resulted in the Staffordshire Terrier. The bull-and-terrier dogs came to the United States towards the end of the  1800s  where they became known as pit bull terriers and then American bull terriers. Eventually, after its arrival to the US, the local breeders developed a  version of the Staffordshire Terrier which was larger than the English one. Now they are recognized by the AKC and most major international Kennel Clubs as two distinct breeds: the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier.

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American Staffordshire Terrier Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Danny

    Feb 23, 2022, 6:36:28 PM:

    Don't support bad breeders, and your amstaff will be the best dog you've ever had. They are flexible, smart. They can be any type of dog you want depending on how you raise them. Even kittens can go with them incredibly well. I've had all of'm together.

  • Jeremy

    Jul 17, 2020, 9:11:26 AM:

    I love all my staffies.... I got one from a friend who was not able to take care of her. I would always try to help one... I been thinking of starting a AmStaff rescue here where I live..

  • Millie

    Jun 4, 2020, 11:11:03 AM:

    2 of my family's Amstaff were dog aggressive. Don't get another amStaff if you have one already, otherwise they are fine.