American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Breed Information


American Staffordshire Terrier Quick Facts
American Staffordshire Terrier
Breed Group: Terrier
Origen: United States of America
Nickname: AmStaff
Weight: 57-67 lbs
Height: 17-19 inches
Color(s): Any solid or partial color, black and tan


American Staffordshire Terrier Appearance

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium dog, with a muscular look. They are impressive, extremely strong for its size, and slightly intimidating to strangers and other dogs. The muzzle is medium in length. The jaws are very strong and his head is powerful and broad. The eyes are dark and round. The ears of the American Staffordshire Terrier are often short and cropped. The tail is set low and tapering to a fine point.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is similar to its cousin: The American Pitt Bull Terrier but is often larger with a thicker bone structure, weight, and overall head size. The American Staffordshire Terrier has a short coat that is thick and glossy. The most common colors are any solid or partial color, or black and tan. The weight of the American Staffordshire Terrier is around 57-67 pounds and the height is around 17-19 inches.

American Staffordshire Terrier Temperament

The American Staffordshire Terrier is outgoing, energetic, stable, and confident. They are loyal to his family, have natural guard dog instincts and will protect them from any threat. Early obedience training is very important to avoid aggressiveness including socialization with other pets and children that live in the house. If this dog is left unsocialized, it might have troubles interacting with other dogs. The American Staffordshire Terrier is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate. This is a breed who will strive to please you and take great pride in making you laugh.

Is American Staffordshire Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

The American Staffordshire Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and will do fine without a yard. This is an active and energetic breed that needs a good workout everyday. His needs could be met with a long walk on leash, a vigorous game or a run in a safe area. This breed is not well-suited for temperature extremes, especially the cold. He is able to live outdoor in temperate to warm climate but is best when is allow to spend some time inside with its family.

American Staffordshire Terrier Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the American Staffordshire Terrier is around 10-15 years.

American Staffordshire Terrier Health problems

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a relatively healthy breed. There are not major concerns associated with them, although they can be prone to congenital heart disease, thyroid problems, skin allergies, tumors, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, senior ataxia and hereditary cataracts. As with all breeds the American Staffordshire Terrier will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

American Staffordshire Terrier Care and Grooming

The American Staffordshire Terrier short coat doesn’t require too much grooming. You can simply brush his coat occasionally to keep it smooth and in good condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing you will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions.

American Staffordshire Terrier Shedding

The American Staffordshire Terrier is an average shedder, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.