American Staffordshire Terrier

Other names: American Staffordshire Terrier, Amstaff, Pitbull Terrier

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The American Staffordshire Terrier exudes an impression of incomparable power. This medium-sized dog has essential physical characteristics, the result of the cross between Bulldog and Terrier breeds. In everyday life, the American Staffordshire Terrier is an excellent companion dog provided it has been properly trained. He is then gentle, tender, affectionate with his owner. He is patient and receptive. He is also endowed with great intelligence.



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Hair type Short
Origin United States
Template Big
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 30 kg From 43 cm to 45 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 45 cm to 48 cm
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History of the breed

The American Staffordshire Terrier, or the Amstaff , originated from crossbreeds of dogs originally made for combat. He is not originally from Great Britain, but from Canada . More precisely, it comes from the cross between the Bull-and-Terrier and the Blue Paul Terrier , 2 breeds that no longer exist today. It was not until the early 20th century that American breeders develop his line mixing of races. They have also made a greater variety with in particular the inevitable Pitbull (used as a fighting dog at the time).

The Amstaff was notably used in the early 19th century in traditional in Britain dogfights, before they were banned. In the early 20th century, race is about to disappear when put back on center stage in the US, where the American breeders developed along the Pitbulls. He was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936, but he was then called the Staffordshire Terrier. The term American will not be attributed to him until 1972. They appear in France in 1987.

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Physical features

His hair : hard, short, it must be tight and shiny.
Its color: all colors, one-color, variegated or even multicolored dress. However, the current FCI standard does not accept coats more than 80% white or being black and tan are not encouraged.
Its head: it is of medium length. The skull is broad and the muzzle is of medium length, rounded in its upper part. The cheek muscles are very pronounced.
His ears: floppy ears are prohibited from the standard. The ears are generally uncut, inserted high, short and semi erect.
His eyes: dark, round and wide apart.
Its body: the back is short and sloping gently to the base of the tail. The chest is well let down and very muscular. Its frame is strong.
Its tail: short and set low, it is neither rolled up nor carried above the back but rather horizontally

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

From the Bulldog and the Terrier , his origins necessarily follow him. Thus, one should not try to stimulate the aggressiveness of Amstaff . However, this character trait has no reason to be with a classical upbringing. This dog is gentle, patient, obedient, docile and affectionate .

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a stubborn and resilient dog. Endowed with great intelligence, he is also independent. The American Staffordshire Terrier is loyal and affectionate and will make a great companion with a smart upbringing. Bad treatment can awaken some aggressiveness (like many dogs). His genes also make him a good keeper. It is suitable for all families who want to own a sociable dog . He is friendly with everyone, including strangers and provided he was socialized at a young age. Lively, playful, he likes to exercise without counting on more sporting outings or on a daily stroll. Plus, he has no problem putting up with loneliness in your absence.

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The American Staffordshire Terrier must be educated from an early age, with firmness, but without brutality to channel its boundless energy. It is a question of building and maintaining its sociability with the man and of creating a discipline essential to its good development. In any case, he is quite receptive to orders contrary to what one might think.

The Amstaff is docile and intelligent . Thus, education is generally no problem. It is advisable to make him understand that his ardor can serve him. It is not opportune to educate him by violence. This could increase his aggressiveness tenfold. Conversely, gentle learning is recommended. You have to know how to be firm and show empathy .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a calm, reserved and clean dog who will adapt easily to life indoors , at home or in an apartment . Even though he is hungry for space , living indoors is not a problem for Amstaff. It will suffice for him to have access to the outside a few times during the day, by means of outings on a leash. In the countryside, he will be happy in a fenced garden . He will be able to run and exercise .

In public places, its owner should put a muzzle on it and keep it on a leash. This breed is in fact part of the 2 nd category (Guard and defense dog) according to the law of January 6, 1999 and June 20, 2008.


Ease of gaining weight

The American Staffordshire Terrier boasts robust health . Thus, he hardly suffers from hereditary diseases. However, he can develop cerebellar abiotrophy which is a degeneration of the cerebellar cortex. In addition, he can have hip dysplasia , especially if his physical activity is not controlled when he is still young.

He is also not prone to one disease over another. It supports the cold as well as the summer heat very well. It just needs to be vaccinated against common dog diseases. With an average life expectancy of 12 years, he is a robust dog with no particular health problems.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 10 puppies

Major concerns
Cerebellar abiotrophy
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Occasional concerns
Urinary stones
Patella dislocation
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an American Staffordshire Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Due to its short , short coat , the Amstaff does not require any particular maintenance. In addition, his need for activity most of the time leads him to enroll in a dog sport so that he can let off steam.

The only delicate moment in this breed is the puppy stage, where too much effort must be avoided or the dog will later have joint and balance problems.

Brushing once a week with a soft bristle brush or glove is more than enough to remove dead hair and impurities. A bath can be considered only in case of great necessity, for example if it has become too dirty or if it gives off a bad odor.

Teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria, which can cause bad breath in particular. Eyes and ears should be checked weekly for any dirt or signs of infection. As for the nails, they are to be cut if necessary. Too long, they risk causing pain and problems in the dog’s gait. If you are not used to it, it is best to seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of an American Staffordshire Terrier is between € 500 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,200
1300 €

The annual maintenance cost of an American Staffordshire Terrier is between $ 1,200 and $ 1,300.

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The American Staffordshire Terrier should ingest approximately 300 grams of food per day. His diet should not be too important. However, it must be sufficiently rich in protein . So, in addition to high-quality kibble, red meat can be given to him sparingly.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

His athletic body must be maintained . Thus, once the first year has passed, the daily outings must be long enough to allow him to exercise and not lose any muscle mass. It is also advisable to register it for a dog sport (or several). In addition to maintaining his shape, this will only strengthen the bond between him and his owner.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1972


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