Dog breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier characteristics

Dog breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier characteristics

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is an American, medium-sized dog breed with short fur.  He belongs to this family of dogs everyone calls pit bulls.  


Although the name suggests that the Staffordshire Terrier ancestor was bred in the English county of Staffordshire, the truth is that it was first bred in Birmingham, West Midlands in the 19th century.  

The American Staffordshire Terrier participated in dog fights until these were banned in 1900.  Two strains were developed then:  the American Staffordshire and the American pit bull terrier.  The two are now recognized as separate breeds.

Physical characteristics

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium dog.  It ranges from 17 to 19 inches high with an average weight of 18 to 27 pounds.  This is one strong and agile dog.  It is larger, has a bigger head, and is heavier than his cousin the American pit bull Terrier. 


The dog is smart, outgoing, happy, and stable.  He is affectionate and extremely loyal with the family.  This is another dog that will put his own life on the line to protect his loved ones.  A courageous and persistent fighter, he will not walk away from a fight.

Caring for the American Staffordshire Terrier

If you are going to own this dog, you must know that he is very active and requires a lot of exercise and dog walking.  You cannot be a passive owner and you should be aware of your pet´s needs.  


Training is essential for this dog.  Petting and socializing from an early age will teach him not to be aggressive to other dogs.  When properly trained, the American Staffordshire terrier can make a great companion.  

When training, you must have a firm voice.  The idea is for the dog to recognize who the leader of the pack is. 

Fun facts

  • The Am Staff has been banned in many places due to well-publicized attacks involving bulls and terriers.
  • Due to necessary training, this breed is not for a first-time owner
  • They carry the nickname of “nanny dog.  But this does not mean you should leave him alone with your baby. 
  • These guys are the John McClane of the canine world;  they have a large pain threshold.  They can get hurt bad and not whine about it.  So, always be checking on your dog. 

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