American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Breed at a Glance
The medium-sized American Staffordshire Terrier dog breed, or Amstaff, became extremely popular in the 20th century, becoming the all-American pet that everyone wanted. It’s affectionate, energetic, and playful, and so it a good breed for kids with an excellent watchdog ability that will protect its family from any danger.
History of the American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier ancestors come from England, and was first bred in the nineteenth century in Birmingham. Bulldogs of circa 1870 resemble the American Staffordshire Terrier more so than modern-day Bulldogs.
Origin: United States
This breed of dog is a pleasant combination of characteristics. It is loyal, playful, and intelligent, and simultaneously, is courageous, protective, and aggressive. It is good with kids, but not a cat-friendly breed.
Physical Characteristics of the American Staffordshire Terrier
The common colors of the American Staffordshire Terrier are white, brown, black, and blue. Its coat is short.
Its typical weight is between 57 and 67 pounds, making it one of the heavier dogs of all the breeds, and stands between 17 and 19 inches tall.
Shedding is minimal with this medium-sized Terrier. It is not, however, a hypoallergenic breed.
Health and Care of the Amstaff
The life expectancy of the American Staffordshire Terrier is between 12 and 14 years, which is average for large breeds.
Common Health Concerns
The only major health concern of the American Staffordshire Terrier is CHD or, Canine Hip Dysplasia. There are no minor health concerns associated with this breed, however some notable illnesses include:
- Congenital heart disease
- Elbow dysplasia
- Hip dysplasia
- Luxating patella
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Cerebellar ataxia
Spondylosis and osteoarthritis are also both common in older dogs.
This breed of dog is good for apartment dwellers, as a yard is not necessary but it will require regular exercise on a daily basis. The American Staffordshire Terrier can also handle both hot and cold climates.
Expect to feed your medium-sized Terrier 2 1/2 to 3 cups of dry dog food each day to keep it healthy and fit.
Grooming needs of this breed are quite minimal, so no stripping or trimming required.
The American Staffordshire Terrier dog breed was recognized by the AKC in 1936.