American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Amstaff
  • Size:Medium
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Medium/High
  • Good with Children:Yes, older more considerate children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF - also Tolerance Testing
  • Weight:57-67 lbs
  • Height:Male: 18-19, Female 17-18 inches
  • Coat Colour:any solid or partial colour, but more than 80 percent white, black and tan, or liver are less preferred

American Staffordshire Terrier Coat

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.

American Staffordshire Terrier Character

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.

American Staffordshire Terrier Temperament

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.

American Staffordshire Terrier Care

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.

American Staffordshire Terrier Activity

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.

American Staffordshire Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the American Staffordshire Terrier is around 10-12 years. There are some health problems that are associated with this breed, and some of these include eye problems, ligament problems, thyroid disorders, cancer, temperament problems, and cataracts. Parents of your puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates, and it may be wise to also ask about temperament testing to prove behavioural stability in the line.