American Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Updated: Jul 3, 2018

Country of Origin : America


In the nineteenth century in the English region of Staffordshire, crossing among the Bulldog and various terriers developed the muscular, active, combative Staffordshire Bullterrier. Brought to the United States, the breed was preferred by American breeders who increased its weight and gave it a more powerful head. Now recognized as a separate breed, the American Staffordshire is larger and heavier than his British cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. After dog fighting was banned in the United States in 1900, two strains of these dogs were developed, a show strain and a fighting dog strain. The show strain was labelled the American Staffordshire.


The American Staffordshire Terrier is extremely strong for its size. They are agile, very muscular and stocky with a broad, powerful head. Dogs of this breed can make good family dogs provided the family is always consistent towards it and can cope with a boisterous dog. Enthusiasts for these dogs claim that they are loving with children. This dog will protect house and home and accept cats and other household animals provided it has become acquainted with them when young. Some examples of the breed can be rather eager to fight with other dogs, though reputable breeders will not only breed a dog that meets breed conformity standards, but will be low in aggression, so research the breed stock of your chosen breeder.

Feeding & Ownership

The American Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements, they generally have a good appetite.


This breed is not recommended for an inactive owner, they need a firm, confident, owner who is consistent with their dogs training. This is a brave dog which is loyal to its family, tenacious, tough on itself, will make a good watchdog, is boisterous with tremendous stamina. Their demeanor can range from very dominant, to great big loveable sook.


The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe once every two weeks in the warmer months and bathe once a month in the colder months. It is also recommended to rub them down with a piece of towelling or chamois as this will make their coat shine.


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