American Staffordshire Terrier

Terrier Group

Two American Staffordshire Terriers standing in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 17-18 in, Males 18-19 in

Weight

Females 40-55 lbs, Males 55-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-16 yrs

History

The American Staffordshire Terrier's ancestors originated in England during the early 1800's. Their Bulldog ancestors were originally bred for the gruesome sport of bull baiting, where a pack of dogs would fight a bull and spectators would bet on the outcome. Once bull baiting became outlawed, these ferocious dogs were crossed with other breeds to make them better fit for companionship. It is unknown what type of terrier is in the American Staffordshire Terrier's ancestry, but some believe it could be the now- extinct White English Terrier or Black-and-Tan Terrier. Once the Staffordshire Terrier was established, they were brought to America in the 1800's where they were bred to be bigger. This breed became known as the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Breed Characteristics

While not all American Staffordshire Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train

Don't have a strong "dog odor"

Docile and affectionate despite their reputation as being an aggressive breed

Intense and strong- known to pull, chew, bark, and dig, especially if bored

Some people say they're a great judge of character and can sense people's intentions