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American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

Alternate NamesPitbull Terrier, Amstaff, Am-Staff
SectionBull Type Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier Profile

Robust (Health)
Supports Loneliness
Need Exercise
Easy To Maintain
Easy to Train
Nice Child
Agreement with Animals
First Dog
Able to Guard

Physical Characteristics

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a dog of great power in relation to its size. It is well-built, muscular, but also flexible and graceful. The head is of medium length and appears high on all sides; the skull is wide, and the stop is marked. The ears are set high, while the eyes are dark and round, situated low and wide apart. The jaws are strong, especially the lower one, which enables a very good grip. The snout must have a square appearance. The construction of the trunk is also quite squared. The paws are perfectly plumb, and the tail thins up toward the end, which will just about hang down to the hock.

Its weight can vary from one dog to another, but it is not uncommon to encounter females over 20 kilos and males over 30 kilos.

Fur: short.

Color: All colors are allowed, but all white or over 80% white coats are not appreciated. Blue is tolerated, and noir-feu or liver colors are prohibited.

Size : 42.75 to 48.26 cm for the males and 43.18 to 45.72 cm for the females.

Weight : 20 to 30 kg

Origins and History

The American Staffordshire Terrier, as the name hints, was not born in Britain, like most terriers, but in the English colonies of North America and Canada. His ancestors are the “Bull-and-Terrier” and the Blue Paul Terrier, a now-extinct breed formerly bred in Glasgow, Scotland, from where the dog spread to the colonies. In the early 1930s, two breeding currents were formed. The first sought to create dogs corresponding to a specific standard, with a strong but well balanced temperament. The result was the American Staffordshire Terrier. The second current, which sought to breed fighting dogs instead, resulted in bigger, more aggressive subjects with a stronger jaw socket. This current resulted in the American Pit Bull Terrier, recognized today by the American Kennel Club but not by the FCI.

Character and Abilities

The Amstaff, as it often called by its admirers, is and should remain primarily a companion dog. The selections made in terms of its character limited its aggression and has produced a very sweet dog. Its aggression will only recur if it is negatively stimulated through things like cruel methods of discipline. Because of its past as a fighter, it can be scrappy with other dogs, but it is easy to train while young.

Living Conditions

Preferably at home, because it is a clean, reserved and very quiet dog.


Very robust, the Amstaff lives for a long time and doesn’t have any specific weaknesses.

Average life expectancy: about 12 years.

Information and Tips

It is imperative that people forget the rumors spread about certain breeds being “killer dogs”: they will only become dangerous if they have been exposed to bad training, traumatic experiences or cruel humans. Their genetics have nothing to do with it. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a sociable and friendly dog. It can be a good guard dog without much preparation: in case of danger, it springs into action spontaneously. It can, however, be trained to be very obedient. Training usually obtains excellent results due to the breed’s docile and very intelligent nature.

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