American Staffordshire Terrier

Other name: Amstaff

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Life expectancy

The American Staffordshire Terrier has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 17 and 18 in
Male Between 18 and 19 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 66 lb
Male Between 55 and 66 lb
Coat colour
Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The American Staffordshire Terrier costs between £450 and £965

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More details about the American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier: Origins and history

Unlike most Terriers, the American Staffordshire Terrier was not born in Great Britain, but in the English colonies of North America and Canada, hence their name. Their ancestors are the "Bull-and-Terrier" and the Blue Paul Terrier, an extinct breed that was previously raised in Glasgow, Scotland, before spreading to the colonies.
At the beginning of the 1930s, two breeding movements were formed. The first one tried to create dogs corresponding to a precise standard, with a strong but very balanced temperament: the result was the American Staffordshire Terrier. The second movement, was looking for a fighting dog: a larger, more aggressive breed, with a stronger jaw grip. The result was the American Pit Bull Terrier, now only recognised by the American Kennel Club and not the FCI.

FCI classification of the American Staffordshire Terrier

  • Group 3 - Terriers

  • Section 3 : Bull type Terriers

Training a American Staffordshire Terrier

Although they are easy to live with on a daily basis, their Terrier heritage makes them naturally stubborn and tenacious, which can sometimes hinder their training.
Moreover, the sensitivity they inherit from their Bulldog cousins requires a training that is patient and gentle, though at the same time firm.
Their education must start early to establish authority and prevent the American Staffordshire Terrier puppy from developing bad habits. If the methods used are consistent and intelligent, this dog, contrary to what is believed, can be very docile.
As a dog concerned by the law on so-called "dangerous" dogs, when they are a puppy, the priority is to teach them to walk on a leash without pulling and to accept the muzzle positively.

American Staffordshire Terrier: Purchase price

The price of an American Staffordshire Terrier varies according to their origins, age and sex. On average, the price of a dog registered with the KC is around £965.
It will cost on average £35/month to meet the needs of a dog this size.

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