American Staffordshire Terrier
Dog Breeds

American Staffordshire Terrier

Characteristics of American Staffordshire Terrier

Country of originUSA
The sizeLarge
Growth40-49 cm
Weight16–23 kg
Age9–11 years old
FCI breed groupTerriers
American Staffordshire Terrier

Brief information

  • Requires training from childhood;
  • affectionate;
  • Purposeful, attentive.


The ancestor of the American Staffordshire Terrier is considered to be its English relative, which, in turn, appeared as a result of crossing European pickling dogs. In the 19th century, English Staffordshire Terriers were brought to the United States and at first they were called Pit Bull Terriers. It was only in the 1940s that the name Staffordshire Terrier became stronger behind the breed, and in 1972 the American Kennel Club registered it under the name “American Staffordshire Terrier”.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a controversial breed. Perhaps some role in this is played by the fact that not too good fame has been assigned to the dog. Some people are seriously convinced that this is an aggressive and poorly controlled breed. But among those who are better acquainted with representatives of this breed, it is widely believed that this is an affectionate and gentle pet that is easy to offend. Who is right?

In fact, both are right to some extent. The behavior of a dog largely depends on its upbringing, on the family and, of course, on the owner. Amstaff is a fighting dog with a strong willed character, and this must be taken into account already when buying a puppy, since you need to start training with him almost from the age of two months. All attempts at self-indulgence, arbitrary decisions, laziness and disobedience must be stopped. Otherwise, the dog will decide that it is she who is the main one in the house, which is fraught with disobedience and the manifestation of spontaneous aggression.


At the same time, a well-bred amstaff is a loyal and devoted pet who will do anything for his family. He is affectionate, gentle, and in some cases can even be sensitive and touchy. At the same time, the amstaff is an excellent guard and defender who reacts with lightning speed in a dangerous situation.

This terrier loves games and any activity. An energetic dog is ready to share daily sports activities with his owner, he will be happy to run in the park and ride a bike. The American Staffordshire Terrier is able to get along with other animals only if the puppy appeared in a house where there were already pets. However, a lot depends on the individual dog.

It is important to remember that, despite the cheerful disposition, the Amstaff is a fighting dog. Therefore, leaving a pet alone with children is highly discouraged.

American Staffordshire Terrier Care

The American Staffordshire Terrier does not require much grooming. The short coat of the dog is wiped with a damp towel – once a week is enough. Oral and nail hygiene is also necessary .

Conditions of detention

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very athletic dog that requires long walks and exercise. Muscular, tenacious and grasping, this dog is an excellent candidate for practicing the sport of springpol – hanging on a tightrope. In addition, you can also do weight pulling with the Amstaff – representatives of the breed show themselves well in competitions.

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