American Staffordshire Terrier

Breed Group: Terrier
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The American Staffordshire Terrier has triggered much debate about his origins. It is said that the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier are one in the same breed. The American Staffordshire Terrier is indeed the name of the show strain, while the fighting dog strain is labeled the American Pit Bull Terrier. These two dogs are recognized by different registries as different breeds, although they are considered the same breed. They are bred to have the same qualities and the same build.

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The American Staffordshire Terrier has retained an undeserving reputation for many years being that they are commonly used in the so-called "sport" of dog fighting. This breed however is very devoted, gentle, and loving. The American Staffordshire Terrier makes a wonderful companion for a dominant and experienced owner, and they make excellent guard dogs being that they are protective of their territory, family, and home.

Does your American Staffordshire Terrier bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The American Staffordshire Terrier has a very even and stable temperament, which makes him a very reliable companion. This breed does do well around small children, but should not be left unsupervised around them, as this is a very powerful and rambunctious breed. The American Staffordshire Terrier can get along exceptionally well with other dogs, however the fighting strain of dogs should never be placed in a home with another dog as they still retain that aggressiveness. Proper research is necessary to be sure of the temperament of the dog.
The American Staffordshire Terrier does not require much grooming at all being very shorthaired. They shed very little, however depending on the climate they can become an average shedding breed. To remove dead or loose hairs, a rub down with a harsh and dry towel, or a specially made rubber glove would be sufficient. Dry shampooing is recommended as opposed to bathing, however an occasional bath is all right.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Staffordshire Terrier has a very short coat that requires minimal, to sometimes no grooming. The coat should always be short and straight, being the same length all over the body of the dog. The coat of this breed should remain stiff to the touch and be very close lying to the body of the dog. The coat should be glossy and never be soft or silky.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very high energy and vivacious breed making training a little difficult. Being intelligent yet very willful and stubborn, this breed requires consistent and firm training from a dominant handler to prevent dominance issues that could arise. Firm correction is a must as this is a very powerful and willful breed. Obedience classes at an early age are definitely recommended for someone experienced with the American Staffordshire Terrier breed. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new American Staffordshire Terrier puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The American Staffordshire Terrier requires quite a bit of exercise being so energetic and lively. This breed does best with at least a medium sized yard and does not do well in apartment life as they have the tendency to become bored and can become very destructive at the expense of the owner. At least two hours of exercise per day is required for this extremely lively breed. Long walks and/or runs are recommended as well as free roam in a fenced area. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
57-67 lbs
Male: 18-19; Female 17-18 inches
any solid or partial color, but more than 80 percent white, black and tan, or liver are less preferred



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American Staffordshire Terrier Questions

Are American Staffordshire Terrier's very poor with other dogs?

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a people-bred dog. This means they were bred to be extremely loyal and loving to their owners, but wary of other dogs. Since the Staffy's linage includes breeds that also created the "Pit Bull Terrier", a lot of the Bully breeds share similarities in their temperament and looks. The American Staffordshire Terrier should be "over" socialized, meaning that owners need to take extra measures to socialize their dogs as puppies. Meeting 30 new dogs a month minimum, while as many people as possible. Though some members of the breed can do well with other dogs, some do not. It all has to do with training, socialization and the personality of the dog.

Any breed suggestion that would pair with my 8 year old powder-puff American Staffordshire Terrier female? She is 65 lbs and the environment is adult only. The dogs are members of the family, doggy door-freedom to be in or out, large debris free back yard and in at night to sleep on bed.

This breed is very hair to pair up. Because they are bred to have a strong bond with their owners and be wary of other dogs and strangers. Since you have a female, and she is of adult age you first need to find out if your female will allow another dog in the home. If you've had other dogs over for more than just a few hours at a time and your female has not had her nose bent out of shape because of it, then that is a good sign. First do your research on your own dog. If she has not done well with another dog around for only a few hours or possibly a couple of days, then I would not suggest getting another dog. Things will only end up in a fight. However, if your dog does well with other dogs and doesn't mind having a strange dog in the home for a few days, then you might be able to bring another dog into your home. Because she is a female, I would suggest a male. This will give you what is called a "bonded pair" because dogs are naturally bred to match up and be mated pairs, they tend to do well with an animal of opposite gender. However we want to cut down on the amount of bad litters, so hopefully your female is already spayed. Now, since she is 8 years old, I would not suggest you bring a puppy into the home. This would be a lot of energy to force upon your girl. Look at some local rescues and see if you can find a calm, young adult male. Preferably somewhere between 1 - 4 years old.


The breed standard does not allow for a Staffy to have light eyes. In the show ring, that would be a default and the dog would not go on to another show. For people whom are not breeding to better the breed through the set standard put together by the AKC, UKC, or CKC, ect. then the eye color 'green' has been known to show up in light coat colored dogs.

I have COPD. Do you think I would be ok with its coat? Also, if I get a puppy do you think I can train the puppy to get along with other dogs and cats? I am looking at a 2-year-old at a shelter with my other dog a Cockapoo they met yesterday having another meet and great today. There is another shelter which has a 3-month-old. Which one do you think would be better off with my 6-year-old 35 lb Cockapoo?

If you have COPD and have problems with dog hair/dander, then I would reconsider the Staffy breed. They are not considered a hypoallergenic breed of dog. The breed sheds on an average scale and the short hair stick into furniture and clothing quite easily. No matter if it is the 2-year-old, or the 3-month-old, bring your Cockapoo with you to meet the dogs. The two dogs will tell you which one's get along the best. All interactions between the two dog should be supervised at all time because of the size difference of the two dogs. As well as Staffy's are hard players and can be pushy with other dogs.

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