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American Staffordshire Terriers

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier, or Staffie, is an extremely strong, compact and sturdy dog. It has a powerful head, a medium length muzzle and a very strong jaw. The eyes are dark and round, set low in the skull and far apart. The ears are set high on the head. The coat is short-haired and smooth. The Staffie breed emerged around the 17th Century from a cross between Bulldogs and Terriers of the time. Bred as guard dogs and companion dogs, the Staffie was also used in violent sports such as dog fighting and bear baiting. Today, the Staffie is a popular family pet and working dog.


The American Staffordshire Terrier is a highly intelligent breed of dog that is both human-oriented and active. Despite their violent past and bulky appearance, the breed is very affectionate and has become a popular house pet. With proper training and socialization, the Staffie can bond well with small children and other dogs and animals. It has an eagerness to please and a determination to complete any tasks that it is set. The Staffie can have a stubborn streak and can be quite headstrong so a firm hand is required at certain times to keep the dog in line.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 17-19 inches (43-48cm) Bitches 16-18 inches (41-46cm)

    Weight: Dogs 57-67 pounds (25-30kg) Bitches 57-67 pounds (25-30kg)

  • Health Problems

    This breed is sometimes prone to thyroid issues, skin allergies, tumors, hip dysplasia and heart murmurs. Cataracts can be an issue as well, along with congenital heart disease

  • Living Conditions

    American Staffordshire Terriers will do fine in apartments as long as they are sufficiently exercised. They can be quite active indoors and don't particularly require a yard or garden to run around in. They do much prefer warmer climates as they can be sensitive to the cold.

  • Exercise

    A hardy and powerful dog, the Staffordshire Terrier needs daily exercise to run off its energy. Without this it can become destructive. It should be taken on long walks or runs and it should be taught to follow its human master as this breed needs a strong leader to keep it in line.

  • Life Expectancy

    American Staffordshire Terriers usually live from 9-15 years, which is typical of dog breeds of this size.

  • Litter Size

    On average, this breed will have between 5 and 10 puppies.

  • Grooming

    Brushing the short-haired, smooth coat on a regular basis should keep it in great condition. Once a week should suffice. The coat will only suffer from a little shedding.

  • Group

    Mastiff, AKC Terrier

  • Recognition


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