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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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American Staffordshire Terrier
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Amstaff, Stafford, Staffy
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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.
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? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? American Staffordshire Terrier price:
$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.

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.

American Staffordshire Terrier General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? American Staffordshire Terrier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the American Staffordshire Terrier weigh? American Staffordshire Terrier weight:
57-67 pounds (25-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the American Staffordshire Terrier? American Staffordshire Terrier average weight:
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)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? American Staffordshire Terrier average height:
Male: 18 inches (45.5 cm), Female: 17 inches (43.5 cm)

American Staffordshire Terrier Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? What does this canine coat 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 Amstaff? American Staffordshire Terrier shedding level:
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 covered by dog hair. American Staffordshire Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

American Staffordshire Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AttentiveDevotedLoyalIntelligentCourageousFriendlyTenacious
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Staffordshire Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Smart: American Staffordshire Terrier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
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 for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
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 considered as a 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 Amstaff 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? 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 same barks could have a different meaning. 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?
American Staffordshire Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
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 his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do American Staffordshire Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Amstaff? 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.)
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?
American Staffordshire Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
American Staffordshire Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where American Staffordshire Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

American Staffordshire Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
American Staffordshire Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American Staffordshire Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? American Staffordshire Terrier and 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?
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? What is this canine temperament 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.
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 Amstaff temperament with senior people? Are American Staffordshire Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
American Staffordshire Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is American Staffordshire Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
American Staffordshire Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can American Staffordshire Terrier be a service dog?
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?
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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The American Staffordshire Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

American Staffordshire Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs have health problems?
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
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?
12-14 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?
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.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Staffordshire Terrier dogs require per day?
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 this fido need?
American Staffordshire Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Staffordshire Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
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
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 & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
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 Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the American Staffordshire Terrier have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-10 puppies

American Staffordshire Terrier Pros & 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: Low to Average.
  • 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: American Staffordshire Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • 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.

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American Staffordshire Terrier Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • 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.