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American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Breed

About the American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Breed

The American Staffordshire Terrier is noted for its impressive strength, protective nature, and fearless courage. Originally bred to be farm dogs, it is sometimes used today as a military dog.

American Staffordshire Terrier Physical Characteristics

The American Staffordshire Terrier has a large muscular build with a large head and pronounced jaws. Its ears are semi-erect and its tail is medium in length.


The American Staffordshire Terrier can be seen in any combination of colors.



American Staffordshire Terrier Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



When trained properly, the American Staffordshire Terrier is playful and often considered great with children.

Things to Consider

If left untrained or if trained to fight, the American Staffordshire Terrier can inflict a massive amount of damage when provoked.

American Staffordshire Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The American Staffordshire Terrier would fare well in country or city, especially with an energetic family that understands the importance of proper discipline.

American Staffordshire Terrier Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in American Staffordshire Terriers:

American Staffordshire Terrier History and Background

A cousin to the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier was originally bred by crossing certain old terriers (e.g., the English Smooth Terrier) with an old variety of Bulldog.

The American Staffordshire’s excellent fighting ability made the breed an instant favorite for fanatics of dogfighting, a sport which became popular in the United States in the late 19th century. Unlike dogfighting fans in England, however, Americans preferred fighting larger “pits.” In the U.S., the dogs were known by such names as Yankee Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, and American Bull Terrier.

The breed was accepted for registration in the American Kennel Club’s stud book in 1936, later revising the breed’s name to American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972.

Docility became nearly as important as ferociousness for fighting dogs, as handlers needed to be able to control these powerful dogs in the midst of a fight. The American Staffordshire was no different, and it soon developed into a trustworthy dog with a sweet disposition. In spite of this, many chose the breed for its ravenous fighting quality.

Breed-specific laws in the U.S. would target American Staffordshire Terriers in the 1980s, seeking to limit the population of the breed. Be that as it may, the American Staffordshire is still loved today by fanciers who prefer this playful yet misunderstood breed.

By: Chewy Editorial