Height: 17-19 inches
Weight: 50-65 lbs.
Life Span: 12-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Terriers
The American Staffordshire terrier is very affectionate to family members,
including children, and to most strangers. Because of its fighting background,
however, it should always be walked on-leash and kept in a fenced area when
Aggressive games like tug-of-war are ill-advised with dogs from fighting
stock, and they should be supervised around other animals. Early socialization
and obedience training is advised.
The short coat is glossy and stiff to the touch. Any color in the solid,
particolor, or patched pattern is possible. Brindle, white with patches
of color, black, and red are the most common.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Although the American Staffordshire terrier needs only minimal brushing,
bathing three to six times a year is important for a healthy skin and coat.
This dog needs a few long walks and aerobic-level play sessions daily.
The American Staffordshire terrier, a descendant of an English bulldog crossed
with an unidentified terrier, was created in the 19th century primarily
for pit fighting.
The American Staffordshire is not suitable for inexperienced owners.
Breed-related health concerns: anterior cruciate rupture, progressive
retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, skin allergies.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club