American Staffordshire Terriers are powerful but playful dogs that are both loyal and affectionate with their owners.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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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.
American Staffordshire Terriers on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share American Staffordshire Terrier ancestry.