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Basics of Dog Breed : American Staffordshire Terrier

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Posted on September 19 2018

Breed Information:

Other names: Staffordshire American Terrier, Amstaff, Pitbull Terrier
Origin: United States
FCI Group: warren
FCI number: 286
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Carree

Race history

The American Staffordshire Terrier  is the result of a cross between breeds of bulldogs and different burrows. Often confused with his ancestor from England. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that American breeders developed his lineage by mixing breeds. The latter have also made a greater variety with including the inevitable Pitbull (used as a fighting dog at the time). It was recognized in 1936 by the American Kennel Club under the name Staffordshire Terrier. To no longer confuse him with his English ancestor, he was recognized in 1972 under a name more in keeping with his origins: the American Staffordshire Terrier .

Physical characteristics

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium sized dog, but impressive in strength and musculature compared to its size. Compact with the tail carried horizontally, well on its feet, it is a robust and flexible dog.

His hair : hard, short, he must be tight and shiny. 
Its color: all the colors, dress unicolor, variegated or multicolored. However, the current FCI standard does not accept dresses with more than 80% white or black and fire are not encouraged. 
Her head: she is of medium length. The skull is broad and the muzzle is of medium length, rounded at the top. The muscles of the cheeks are very pronounced. 
His ears: the falling ears are prohibited from the standard. The ears are usually uncut, inserted high, short and semi-erect. 
His eyes: dark, round and well apart. 
His body :the back is short and gently sloping to the base of the tail. The chest is well down and very muscular. His frame is strong. 
Its tail: short and tied down, it is neither rolled nor worn above the back but rather horizontally

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 25 kg and 30 kg Between 43 cm and 45 cm
Male Between 25 kg and 30 kg Between 45 cm and 48 cm

An American Staffordshire Terrier dog is classified as a large dog .

Behavior and character

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a stubborn and resilient dog. Equipped with great intelligence, he is also very independent. The American Staffordshire Terrier is loyal and affectionate and will make a companion of choice with an intelligent education. Mistreatment can awaken some aggressiveness (like many dogs). His genes also make him a good guardian. Extremely sporty, he proves endowed in agility exercises and very enduring for the cani-cross.

Education ...
The American Staffordshire Terrier must be educated at a young age, with firmness, but without brutality to channel its boundless energy. It is a question of building and maintaining one's sociability with the man and creating a discipline indispensable to his good development. In any case, it is quite receptive to orders contrary to what one might think. 


With a life expectancy of 12 years on average, it is a robust dog without any particular health problem.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The only delicate moment in this breed is the puppy stage, where it is necessary to avoid too much effort or the dog will have problems of joints and plumb.

Outings ...
The American Staffordshire Terrier needs a lot of exercise to channel its overflow of energy. To have a happy dog, do not hesitate to go for long daily walks and to practice dog sports in which he will excel.

Hygiene ...
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an easy care dog thanks to its short hair. Brushing once a week is enough to remove dead hair.

Living conditions

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a calm, reserved and clean dog that will fit comfortably into your home, home or apartment. As long as long walks will be offered every day, everything will be fine. In the countryside, it is a dog that will flourish in fenced areas that will allow him to spend whenever he wants. In public places, the American Staffordshire Terrier must be muzzled and leashed by a person of full age. This breed is indeed part of the 2nd category (dog of guard and defense) according to the law of January 6, 1999 and June 20, 2008.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 500 € 1000 €

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