American Staffordshire Terrier

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American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier Overview

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a stocky, solidly built, loyal companion. They are known more colloquially by their nickname, AmStaffs. As AmStaffs have a bit of a sly smirk on them, and as friendly as they can be, these kind of dogs were originally bred to be bloodsport animals in 19th century England. Bulldogs and Bull Terriers, along with the AmStaff, were some key breeds who endured these events. This unhappy, brutal reality meant dogs were bred to endure physical spectacles for an audience, often set loose against a bear or another dog. Thankfully such experiences have been banned and now we have the American Staffordshire Terrier as an obedient family dog, a bit more of a mellow companion.

American Staffordshire Terriers are muscular, courageous, and have a certain sense of “gameness” in their look. They have a thick jaw and head with little ears. AmStaffs are a little bit bigger than their breeding kin, the Staffordshire Bull Terriers. When the breed came over to America, the names Pitbull Terrier and Pitdog stuck to them. 

This dog breed has a pretty short, stiff but glossy coat that comes in varying colours, patterns, too! They are agile but graceful, very aware of their surrounding, up for any sort of challenge or adventure, and have a bit of a fun personality. AmStaffs may have had a rocky start with people early on in their breeding but with the right kind of gentle, positive, and loving approach, they truly make for excellent guardians and companions. 

Did you know?

The most decorated American war dog was Sgt. Stubby, an American Staffordshire Terrier who served in the K-9 unit in World War I.

American Staffordshire Terrier Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

Popularity ranking**
17-19 in / 40-70 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
12-16 years
Activity level
Vocal and protective
Barking level
Vocal and protective
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-4 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2-3 hours


Grooming frequency

Infrequent, easy maintenance

Dog Food

Feeding your American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terriers need to be fed a high-quality dog food. They require a couple of meals throughout the day on a schedule with some fresh, clean water. It’s important to not overfeed your American Staffordshire Terrier—obesity is a key concern for some dogs but it’s always good to take precautions. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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