American Staffordshire Terrier Everything You Need to Know

In Dog Universum, we tell you everything you need to know about the American Staffordshire Terrier breed (AmStaff or American Staffy).

American Staffordshire Terrier - Tout ce que vous devez savoir sur la race

This breed, most of the time, is preceded by its reputation (mischievous), and it is that the American Staffordshire Terrier, has a reputation of aggressive and violent, despite people who have this breed as a companion, say that it is a very calm dog.

It has this fame, because there have been people who have encouraged their aggressiveness, and that in this case can become an uncontrollable dog. Let's not forget that one of the characteristics that differentiate him is his strong jaw.

Let's get started... What basic data do you need to know?

  • Height at the shoulder : 14 - 16 inches
  • Weight of about 24 - 38 pounds
  • The coat can be of any color, and even of several layers mixed.
  • It is considered a medium breed.

History of the American Staffordshire Terrier

We admit it, the origin of this breed is quite complex! In itself, the breed comes from the Old English Bulldog and Old English Terrier breeds, the result of this crossing gave the first specimens of the breed.

In the beginning, this breed was used for dog and bull fighting! (illegal activities). Nowadays, they are used as pets.

Is an American Staffordshire Terrier considered an aggressive breed?

The behavior of the breed American Staffordshire Terrier is characterized by dogs brave, resistant, strong, tenacious and somewhat stubborn. These are all characteristics that have made them fighting dogs. But the difference is in the education! If trained the right way, these dogs will always be friendly to both animals and humans.

Another characteristic is that he is a protective dog both with his family and with his home.

What does an American Staffordshire dog look like?

The American Staffordshire Terrier breed is characterized by muscular, very agile and elegant dogs. Its coat is short and hard, remember that it can be any shade! In general, at the moment, this breed is still in the process of having its ears clipped.

How to Care for an American Staffordshire Terrier

The best thing to do is to start training your dog at a young age to avoid future problems.

Do you like to go for a walk? Great! Since it is strongly recommended for Staffies to exercise every day.

What extra care does an American Staffordshire Terrier need? You are in luck! The aesthetic maintenance of this breed is not very demanding, what do we recommend?

  • Weekly brushing
  • Bathing every 6-8 weeks
  • Clean your Staffy's eyes, teeth and ears as needed.
  • Visit your veterinarian to keep your vaccines up to date.

    Common Staffy Health Problems

    This breed has iron health! However, it also comes with certain risks, including the following:

    • Heart problems
    • Hip dysplasia
    • Luxating patella
    • Elbow dysplasia
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Cerebellar ataxia
    • Skin allergies

    What do I need to know before getting a Staffy?

    The first thing to consider is the professionalism of the kennel. However, buying a puppy online has some risks, what do we recommend at Dog Universum?

    • Ask him all your questions! If you are a breeder of the breed, you must know all its characteristics perfectly.
    • Check to see if the breeder knows any details about the puppy's temperament (restless, nervous, calm....). He will give you many clues about how he treats them, and will get involved with them.
    • Do you know anyone who recommends it? Have you read any recommendations and/or reviews?
    • If you're looking for a pedigree puppy, don't forget to make sure he has it in order! A puppy's pedigree is very cheap, so don't accept excuses!
    • Do you know anything about the health of the puppy's parents? Does he provide you with an up-to-date introduction?
    • Is the breeder ready to show you his facilities?
    • If the breeder tries to sell you a tiny puppy, remember! Puppies must stay with their mothers for at least two months.... Do you want to sell it to yourself first?

    Remember! The American Staffordshire Terrier is considered a dangerous dog.

    What do you think of this breed? Do you dare to be a part of your life?