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American Staffordshire Terrier
Estados Unidos FCI 286 - Bull type Terriers

The American Staffordshire Terrier they are brave, tenacious, friendly, extremely attentive

American Staffordshire Terrier


Characteristics "American Staffordshire Terrier"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "American Staffordshire Terrier" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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The American Staffordshire Terrier or Amstaff (different to the American Pitbull Terrier), is a breed of dog type Terrier well known worldwide.

It is a young breed of dog from the USA.. Among his ancestors are, Besides of Terrier, the Old english bulldog.

In England and North America, dog fighting had a tradition dating back to ancient times.. The Old english bulldog was sent to fight bulls in the arenas of animal fighting. Although Old english bulldog are the forerunners of Bulldogs of today, his physique was much more similar to the current one American Staffordshire Terrier. After animal fighting was officially banned, continued illegally; In the USA. until today. Its origin in the 19th century was the black county of central England, called Staffordshire. Workers from the coal mines and clay pits crossed the Old english bulldog with the terriers. In the official scene of the fight against animals such crosses had been prohibited. It was feared that the fighting power and toughness of the Bulldog will combine with the predatory acuity of the terriers, which would lead to uncontrollable fighting machines. In the illegality of the backyards nobody cared. This is how he was born “Bull and Terrier” and very quickly came to the US. There they liked to call them “Pit Bulls”. Pit is the name given to the dogfighting ring.

In 1898 was founded the “United Kennel Club” (UKC), who wanted to take over the breeding of these dogs. But the UKC was nothing more than a professional dogfighting organizer. So the community was divided around these dogs. Lovers of Pit Bull they condemned dog fighting, they wanted a friendly family dog. In the meantime, the Pit Bulls they had earned a great reputation in US society. In World War, the courage of Pit Bulls became a stimulus for the combat power of American troops. Even celebrities like the President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt showed up with the Pit Bulls.

On cinemas, “The Little Rascals”, a gang of kids with a dog, was very popular and was featured in 220 episodes between 1922 and 1944. The dog was the guardian and protector, children's playmate and dildo. This dog was a Pitbull. He later became the first dog registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) for the new breed “Staffordshire terrier“. To draw a clear line at the fighting dog scene, the AKC had insisted on a name change. The first standard was published in 1936. In 1972 there was the second name change to “American Staffordshire Terrier” to distinguish it from its British relative. The Amstaff, what's been called since then, Is higher, bigger and heavier. He is still cared for by “American Staffordshire Terrier Club of America”, who from the beginning clearly condemned dog fighting and trusted his upbringing as a family dog.

In many countries, its social discrimination as a fighting machine and the technically unjustifiable classification as “dangerous dog breed” they have hit him hard.

Popular American Staffordshire Terrier Mixes

Mixtures of American Staffordshire Terrier seriously bred with other dog breeds or hybrids are quite rare. However, there is an abundance of hybrids of all kinds, that remind the Amstaff and are marketed as such or Pitbull. Here I should make a clear distinction. The American Staffordshire Terriers Serious breeding have nothing to do with the general mixes under which troublesome dogs can frolic. Unfortunately, there is a financially strong scene using such dogs as a weapon or to intimidate.

Physical characteristics

How is an American Staffordshire Terrier?

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a dog's size medium, Awesome, very strong and at the same time elegant. has short hair, dense and shiny that sits gently on the body. Emphasizes your muscular and sporty complexion. The standard says: “It must be robust and compact, no legs or lightweight construction”. Any color, solid, multicolor or speckled is allowed. The standard of the American Staffordshire Terrier is pleasantly different from many other dog breeds, which go into great detail on where hair color or crease is allowed. It is one of the few standards that consistently focus on the healthy dog.. This is emphasized by “1is Club Americano de Staffordshire Terrier”:

We give top priority to performance and health. Beauty is considered desirable but secondary. The correct interpretation of the rule, that is free from crippling regulations, It is our obligation. Muscular, dry dogs with long bones, persistent and fast, are our breeding goal. We categorically reject “monstrosities” supercharged, low with extremely high weights. We consider mental performance to be even more important. Nerve strength and impeccable character are an absolute requirement.

How big is an American Staffordshire Terrier??

El American Staffordshire Terrier mide entre 43 and 48 cm tall and weighs between 20 and 30 kg.

How long can an American Staffordshire Terrier live??

Because the breeding of the American Staffordshire Terrier is not oriented so much to external appearances as to aptitude and character, The American Staffordshire Terrier enjoys a fit constitution into old age and a relatively long life expectancy of about 12 years.

Character and skills

The American Staffordshire Terrier he is a relaxed dog. He is very vigilant and intelligent. It is enormously strong, brave and has great fighting strength potential. At the same time it is extremely adorable, loyal and affectionate, even dedicated to his humans. Is neutral with strangers. Is of good character and has an extraordinarily high threshold for irritation. Can hardly be provoked. As with the English Bulldog and other breeds of dogs that were used in the past in the arenas of animal fighting, these dogs have been given a particularly high level of control and stimulus threshold. It also, these dogs have been used in serious breeding for many generations exclusively as family and companion dogs. Unfortunately this has not protected the dogs from criminals. Especially in the decade of 1990, dogs like Amstaff became aggressive by irresponsible breeders and owners, Savagely crossed and abused like living weapons. the same politicians, who tolerated these illegal practices for a long time, they were then the first to start the discrimination, pointing to American Staffordshire Terrier like a dangerous race, something technically unfounded. Breeding can cause even chihuahuas or caniches toy become aggressive in a few generations. The breed of dogs American Staffordshire Terrier is the victim, not the author. Seriously raised, they make excellent family dogs and careful companions to children.

Caution, health and diseases

How much care does an American Staffordshire Terrier need??

The American Staffordshire Terrier it is absolutely easy to care. Brushing here and there is enough.

Are there any breed-typical diseases in the American Staffordshire Terrier?

The American Staffordshire Terrier enjoy robust health. Sporadically hip or knee problems.

What food is best for an American Stafford Terrier?

The American Staffordshire Terrier has no special dietary requirements. Of course high quality food is good for your health and proof. Like most dogs, he likes a meat bone now and then..


One American Staffordshire Terrier it is suitable for almost all activities that can be done with a dog.

Considerations before purchase

Where can you buy an American Staffordshire Terrier?

If you want to buy a American Staffordshire Terrier, you should consider that it is a dog from the list. Your whole life has to be prepared for the restrictions of the state and society. You should look at a reputable breeder affiliated with a club that meets the FCI standards. Please, only there and do not buy a puppy from a dubious source. There are many American Staffordshire Terrier and hybrids in refuges. Get tips for choosing your dog here. However, only with a serious breeding dog can you be reasonably certain that your Amstaff has the character qualities described here.

Education and attitude of the American Staffordshire Terrier

¿Me conviene un American Staffordshire Terrier?

The American Staffordshire Terrier is undemanding in his attitude. It is not a dog that only needs to walk around the block for a walk.. Want to exercise mentally and physically. Even with a puppy it should be clear who is in charge of the house. There should be no doubt about it. The Amstaff is a bright and occasionally playful four-legged friend who likes to roam the countryside. It is suitable for dog sports of all kinds. Sometimes it is also used as a rescue dog. Is a good guardian.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is widely on the lists of supposedly dangerous dogs. Travel to the Netherlands or Denmark is prohibited, because there is a risk that dogs will be confiscated on the street and euthanized. On the street you should expect people to harass you because of the dog. That is, Unfortunately, the social reality in Central Europe today.

The American Staffordshire Terrier needs consistent upbringing from puppyhood. Consistency means, especially with this physically very strong dog but at the same time sensitive and intelligent, that the master or caregiver should work on the basis of a deep relationship of trust. The dog wants the guidance of its owner. Find the nearby connection. This should be given with a calm hand, respectful and strong. Coercive measures are counterproductive, certain consequences are intentional. The American Staffordshire Terrier must socialize with other dogs at an early stage. Due to its strength and joy of working, it is not a dog for beginners.. Even experienced dog owners should consciously work with it and preferably attend a suitable dog school. Well mannered, don't just listen to the word, rather, he reads the wishes of his master and caregiver through their eyes.

American Staffordshire Terrier pictures

Vídeos American Staffordshire Terrier

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Terriers
  • Section 3: Bull type Terriers. Without working trial.


  • FCI – Group 3 – Section 3 Bull type Terriers.
  • AKC – Terriers
  • ANKC – Terriers
  • CKC – Terriers
  • NZKC – Terriers

FCI breed standard "American Staffordshire Terrier"

FCIFCI - American Staffordshire Terrier

Alternative names:

    1. AmStaff, American Staffy (English).
    2. American terrier, staff, amstaff (French).
    3. Amstaff (German).
    4. AST, Staffordshire terrier americano, Amstaff (Portuguese).
    5. AmStaff, AST (español).
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