Description: These dogs put all of themselves into whatever they do. They are very loving and affectionate. Thus, they are great family dogs. American Staffordshire Bull Terriers are brave, loyal to their family/owner/handlers, tenacious, tough on themselves, boisterous and have a tendency to dominate other dogs.
Because of this breed's size and energy level, it's important to train with consistence and patience. Also, train the dog when it's young not to pull on the leash, since these dogs are incredibly powerful when full grown.
Height: 17 - 19 inches
Weight: 40 - 50 lbs.
Colors: Red, fawn, white, black or blue, with white, any shade of brindle
Coat: Smooth, short and dense.
Temperament: Intelligent, determined, tough, devoted.
With Children: Yes, if raised with as a puppy.
With Pets: Has a high prey drive and may be aggressive to cats, rabbits and other household pets.
Special Skills: Watchdog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very High
Care and Training: Minimal grooming of his coat, dry shampoo or bathe only when necessary. Rubbing his coat will make the coat gleam. Regular daily exercise. Special training because of his nature. Quick to learn but needs an assertive regiment.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Low
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard or kennel is essential. Not a breed for the placate or the overbearing personalities. Adapts well to both urban and country living.
Health Issues: Prone to hives caused by stress or insect bites and hip dysplasia
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 5 - 10
Country of Origin: USA
History: Recently recognized as a distinct breed, he descends from the fighting pits of England and America. A variety of breeds were used to develop the "Amstaff" including the Bull Terrier, the Old English White Terrier, the Black and Tan, the Bulldog, the Mastiff, the Pointer, the Dalmatian and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. His name was changed from the Staffordshire Terrier to the American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972.