American Staffordshire Terrier

Popularity
77

Breed Information

Amstaff
Stafford
Staffy

United States

Terding

Medium

Dog

12-14 years

Male: 17 - 19 inches (43 - 48 cm)Female: 16 - 18 inches (41 - 46 cm)

57-67 pounds (25-30kg)

Black
Blue
Brown
White

Overview

This stocky dog should be muscular, giving the impression not only of great strength for its size but also of grace and agility. Its gait is springy. Its low center of gravity helped it stay on its feet in a fight, and its nimbleness helped it avoid its opponent's teeth. Its own jaws are strong with great power. Its coat is short, close and glossy.

Typically docile and playful with its family, the American Staffordshire terrier is also generally friendly toward strangers as long as its owners are present. It is generally very good with children. It is a protective breed and can be aggressive toward other dogs - especially those that challenge it. It is stubborn, tenacious and fearless. For all of its tough persona, the most important thing in life to this breed is its owner's fond attention.

History

The American Staffordshire Terrier derived from crossing Bulldogs with an older Terrier line. They are closely related to the American Pit Bull Terrier, from whom they were bred apart in the 1960's. The American breed was reared largely for illegal dog fighting (the 'Pit' in Pit Bull likely derives from fighting pits) in the United States and was recognized as a distinct breed in 1936. American Staffordshire Terriers became popular with ranchers and farmers for protection, companionship, and catching hogs and cattle. Despite its media reputation for ferociousness, the American Staffordshire Terrier is an affectionate dog which has risen to popularity as a pet. The American Staffordshire Terrier's natural aggression is directed toward other dogs, not humans, and even this can be overcome with training. They often serve as search dogs or police dogs. Popsicle, a drug sniffing American Staffordshire Terrier, became famous for sniffing out and locating one of the largest cocaine busts in the history of the FDA.

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability
Apartment Friendly
Barking Tendencies
Occassional
Cat Friendly
Child Friendly
Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly
Exercise Needs
Grooming
Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues
Some are prone to heart murmurs, thyroid problems, skin allergies, tumors, hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts and congenital heart disease. Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence
Ranking: #34
Playfulness
Shedding Level
Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly
Trainability
Moderately Easy Training: Training won&#39,t require too much attention and effort, though it won&#39,t be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability