Breeders attempted to create a dog that blended the spirit of a Terrier with the brawn of a Bulldog in the early 1800s. Crossing a possible mix of Bulldogs and Fox Terriers resulted the English Staffordshire Terrier. The English Staffordshire Terriers were brought to America in the mid-1800s, where they bred to be larger and stronger. The breed was registered with the AKC as “Staffordshire Terrier” in 1936. It was only during 1972 when it was officially named the American Staffordshire Terriers.
These medium-sized dogs have muscular, agile and solid frames. They have wide, strong head, with medium-length muzzles, powerful jaws, and ears that are set high. Their necks slope down to a deep wide chest and rib cage. American Staffordshire Terriers have short, shiny, and dense coats which come in almost any color or color combinations.
American Staffordshire Terriers are affectionate, faithful, and dependable dogs. They are bred to be both swift and strong. They go for runs, work, and play fetch. These dogs are very strong for their size as they can pull very heavy objects, bite through rubber and wire, and they have a high tolerance for pain and fatigue. They should be kept busy and loaded with positive reinforcement, and they’ll maintain an upbeat and steady mood.
Amstaff are suited for people who have the time, strength and experience in training and socializing dogs for these dogs may sometimes display protective or competitive instincts around other dogs and animals. They should be kept on leash while on walks and at the park.
This breed has a life expectancy of up to 12 years with common health issues including hip dysplasia, skin problems, and some allergies.