American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terriers are powerful but playful dogs that are both loyal and affectionate with their owners.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 17-19in

Female: 16-18in

Weight

Male: 40-70lb

Female: 40-70lb

Fun Fact

It's been estimated that up to 20% of dogs in American shelters contain some American Staffordshire ancestry.

About this Breed

The American Staffordshire Terrier originated from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which was bred in Britain in the 19th century to be a fast and small fighting dog. They made their way to America in the late 19th century, coinciding with the rise in popularity of dogfighting. However, Americans preferred slightly larger dogs than the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which led to the development of the American Staffordshire Terrier. This powerful breed’s ability to be easily managed became a valued characteristic. Thankfully, this characteristic evolved into a sweet and trusting disposition around people. Eventually, the American Staffordshire was recognized by the AKC in 1936.

Today, this breed is a playful and people-oriented dog. This is a stocky and muscular breed, possessing great strength, but it also portrays grace and elegance. The American Staffordshire has a short coat, requiring only weekly brushing, that appears either solid or with patches.  

The American Staffordshire is an intelligent breed that can pick up training easily. This lively breed currently ranks as the 77th most popular in the United States.

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Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Cooper
  2. Jack
  3. Oliver
  4. Dexter
  5. Bear
  6. Finn
  7. Jax
  8. Hank
  9. Clyde
  10. Buster

For Females

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lucy
  4. Sadie
  5. Daisy
  6. Sophie
  7. Nala
  8. Gracie
  9. Ella
  10. Kona

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. Florida, United States
  3. Texas, United States
  4. Virginia, United States
  5. New York, United States
  6. Georgia, United States
  7. North Carolina, United States
  8. South Carolina, United States
  9. Hawaii, United States
  10. Pennsylvania, United States

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