American stafford

Information about the American Stafford

American stafford

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Alternative Names

Am Staff

Country of Origin


History of the American Stafford

Although it descends from the same line as the APBT, the American Staffordshire has been bred independently of the APBT for at least 60 years when the AKC changed the breed name. A result of English crossing of bulldogs and terriers, descendants of the breed were brought to the U.S. in the late 1800s and used as general-purpose farm dogs.

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The species name says it all: the American Staffordshire Terrier is the American version of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. At first glance, it only differs in size from its English cousin (it measures 46-48 cm, Staffordshire Bull Terrier 35-40 cm), but he also has more developed jaws. The history of the Staffordshire Terrier is inseparable from that of dog fighting (dog to dog) and that of fighting dogs against bulls. The latter had long been enormously popular with a certain audience, especially in England. In the early 19th century, interest in this lessened somewhat . In 1835 they were permanently banned (which does not prevent the enthusiasts from organizing it). Betting on dog fights were now released. Moreover, at this time

began the systematic crossing of dogs of which was assumed that they had offspring that were well suited to the fighting pit. Bulldogs were found too slow and heavy. These dogs had always been used as fighting dogs against bulls. They were crossed with various other terriers. so they got leaner and faster dogs that could fight in a more flashy action. It’s hard to say exactly which breeds were used at that time for these experiments. Also due to some confusion about the name “terrier”. Many hunting dogs of indeterminate origin were previously classified under that umbrella. But it’s almost certain that the English White Terrier (a breed that disappeared in the early 20th century), the Black and Tan Terrier from the areas around Manchester and the Fox Terrier had their contributions to the dog that ultimately bacame the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

It was mainly locksmiths and blacksmiths in the county of Staffordshire in central England that appreciated this dog highly. In 1860 a breeder from Birmingham, James Hinks crossed the Staffordshire Bull Terrier again with the English White Terrier, then the Pointer and the Dalmatian.
It resulted in a white dog named White Bull Terrier. This breed is the beginning of the current Bull Terriers. It was at that time again crossed with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier to breed a new color. some specimens were exported to the United States at the end of the 19th century. There these dogs were bred and their offspring began to develop in a different direction. It went so far that in 1898 Mr. Just could present the first representatives of a new breed.

This variety was not uniform in type and in the course of time had a different species name: Pit Dog, Half and Half, American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, Yankee Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier. It is clear that the American Staffordshire Terrier has a complex history behind him, like his family members anyway. There is also a lot of argument about that history, but the only thing as a doubt remains, are two dates: the year 1935, when the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was officially recognized by the British Kennel Club and 1936, when the standard for the American Staffordshire Terrier was approved by the American Kennel Club. Coincidence or predestination? The first American Staffordshire Terrier was officially registered in the studbook was Pete, who was noted for his gentle nature and calm attitude. He had a reputation as an actor in the film ‘Our Gang’ in the 30s.

Physical Description

It is very much like the APBT: medium-size, compact, stocky and muscular, with a broad skull, medium-length muzzle and strong jaw. The eyes are dark and round and the ears are cropped erect or naturally rose or semi-erect. Natural ears are preferred. The American Staffordshire Terrier has a broad, deep chest and muscular hindquarters. The naturally short tail tapers to a point. The coat is short and stiff and of any color but all white.


The American Staffordshire Terrier should give the impression of great strength for his size, a dog that sits firmly together. he is muscular, but limber and graceful, considerate towards its surroundings. He should be stocky, can not have long legs and should not be racy in outline. His courage is proverbial.

Medium length, deep, broad skull. very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, and high implanted ears. Muzzle: Medium size, rounded at the top and a sudden fall under the eyes.


Pronounced. The lower jaw is strong and has bite force. Lips are close and even, no looseness. Clear black nose.


Upper teeth should be close with the teeth on the outside.


This should be a rose ear. An ear that hangs or stands upright is wrong.


Dark, round, low and very wide apart. No light or pink eye rims.


Well-sprung ribs, reaching far back. All ribs close together. For legs wide apart so that the breast may develop. Deep and broad chest. Back fairly short, slightly sloping from the shoulder to the torso with a small, short slope to the tail. Neck heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin: Medium length. Shoulder height 45.7-48.3 cm for males; females from 43.2 to 45.7 cm.


Straight legs with large, round bones, straight on the feet. The legs implanted right next to the chest. Hindquarters well muscled, well angulated, neither twisted in or out.


Compact, not too big.


Short in proportion to its size, low set, tapering to a fine point, not curled or held over back. Not cropped.


Short, tight, stiff and glossy


Any color, solid, spotted or partly mottled is permitted. But all white, more than 80% white, black and tan and liver should not be encouraged.


17 to 19 inches


40 to 79 pounds

Behavior and habitat

Strong, tough, muscular, courageous, persistent, tenacious: the American Staffordshire Terrier is born a guard and defense dog. it would be very unfortunate for to deform him by a faulty aggressive training. If its jaws are properly viewed it is clear what that could do to another dog that is much larger thanhim, or an innocent visitor who steps into the garden without having rung. An American Staffordshire Terrier, which was well educated knows how to behave. It’s a dog like any other. He guards and protects his boss vigorously, but that does not mean he can’t be a nice companion for the whole family and can deal well with children. It is better not to leave him alone with small children (this goes for almost any dog), because of his weight he can hurt them. He is also very spontaneous and sometimes impetuous in his expressions of affection. The American Staffordshire Terrier has great need of exercise to lose its energy. If he lives in town, such as an apartment, where he can adjust, he must walk every day. It is primarily a sportive dog. Because of his background and his character, an American Staffordshire Terrier should be taught from a very early age that he is not the boss. It is not a dog for people who understand nothing of dogs or for people who find it unnatural that a dog is trained. It is not a dog for people who want an aggressive dog because in many cases, the American Staffordshire Terrier a sweet, certainly not aggressive animal. In the opposite case, he is a tikking time bomb, and the police or the animal protection will be needed. In order to avoid serious problems such a dog should be well behaved. If he is can you trust him.


The American Staffordshire terrier is gentle and friendly but also stoic and courageous. It is very friendly toward people, especially children, but often aggressive toward dogs, especially those of the same sex. Many Am Staffs will only get along with dogs of the opposite sex.

Care American Staffordshire Terriër

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An American Stafford does not need much care because of his short hair. Regular combing is sufficient. This is done with a damp cloth or a rubber glove. Regularly clean folds and look for debris in the ears.

Activity Level


Best Owner

The best owner is an active, experienced family or individual either in the city or the country.

Special Needs

Exercise, fenced yard, leashed, socialization and training.



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