The American Staffordshire Terrier is a muscular breed that is known for being strong for its size, yet loving and affectionate with their human family. American Staffordshire Terriers enjoy nothing more than being with the humans they care about, whether they’re out for a jog, playing in the yard, or cuddling up on the couch. They are intelligent and eager to please, which makes them highly trainable, though that intelligence means they need mental stimulation, or else they’ll put those strong jaws to use and chew anything they can find out of boredom. American Staffordshire Terriers can also use their strength to pull dog walkers along with ease wherever they want to go if they aren’t trained properly. This means they need a strong, confident trainer who will set boundaries without being overly harsh. Socialization is also important to help the breed overcome its natural standoffish tendencies when it comes to other animals. This breed loves having a job to do, and they do well in athletic competitions, police work, and obedience training. With proper training, the American Staffordshire Terrier can be a loyal cuddle bug and family companion, as well as a competent working dog.

Watch and learn about American Staffordshire Terrier dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of American Staffordshire Terrier Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Terrier Dogs 16 to 19 inches 40 to 60 pounds 10 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptability parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Being Alone. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather. parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Friendly Dog.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Friendly Dog. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers. parameter.

Health Grooming:

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Health Grooming.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Health Grooming. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Amount Of Shedding. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Drooling Potential.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Drooling Potential. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Easy To Groom.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Groom. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in General Health.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in General Health. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 2 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored low and is not suitable in Potential For Weight Gain. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Size.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Size. parameter.

Trainability:

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Trainability.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Trainability. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Easy To Train.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Intelligence.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Prey Drive.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential. parameter.

Exercise Needs:

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Energy Level.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 5 out of 5 in Intensity.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Intensity. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 3 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

American Staffordshire Terrier is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness.. This means American Staffordshire Terrier has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness. parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Terrier Dogs

Height

16 to 19 inches

Weight

40 to 60 pounds

Life Span

10 to 15 years

Highlights

American Staffordshire Terriers have much in common with American Pit Bull Terriers, even though they have been bred separately for more than 50 years.They are considered a ‘Pit Bull’ breed and are targeted by Breed Specific Legislation. Some insurance companies won’t cover households that have this breed. Check your local laws and insurance policy before you adopt one.American Staffordshire Terriers were used in the barbaric sports of bull-baiting and bear-baiting, and they are still used in illegal dog fighting rings to this day. This contributes to their undeserved reputation as aggressive dogs.The breed is very strong for its size and will pull on leashes when not trained properly.They prefer to have a yard with a strong, high fence so they can run around and burn off energy.The short, smooth coat of the American Staffordshire Terrier is fairly easy to groom, and the breed tends to not have a ‘doggy odor,’ which means bathing is only necessary as needed.Although they can be good watchdogs through sheer intimidation, American Staffordshire Terriers are generally very friendly towards humans.