AKC PuppyFinder: American Staffordshire Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: AmStaffs of proper temperament are smart, confident, good-natured companions; their courage is proverbial
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Versatile and athletic, AmStaffs like mental and physical challenges
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 18-19 inches (male), 17-18 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-70 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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This American breed thrives as part of the family, especially when they have a job to do. Athletic, good-natured and smart, they excel at dog sports like agility, obedience and tracking. Your American Staffordshire puppy needs exercise and training. He's a bit of a comedian with a stubborn streak, so he'll respond best to interesting, fun training, done with patience, kindness and firmness.

History & Job
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Origin: United States

Year Recognized: 1936

Breed History & Job Description: Back in the bad old days, dog breeds were created to excel in blood sports. They were expected to fight one another, or they were turned loose in packs against a staked bear or bull. Such revolting pastimes have long since been outlawed. These sad spectacles did, however, leave us a happy legacy: Several beloved breeds of today—the Bulldog, Bull Terrier, and AmStaff among them—got their start as fighting and baiting dogs of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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There are some instances of mild hip dysplasia and some types of cardiac disease. Instances of skin and coat allergies, which are attributed to immune system weaknesses, also have been found. The breed has been afflicted with an inherited disease, Cerebellar Ataxia, that causes a progressive decline in muscle or voluntary coordination (ataxia). This neurological disease shows first signs of appearing usually between 3 and 5 years of age. Affected dogs typically show loss of balance, difficulty cornering, and falling when shaking their head. After many years of research in this area, a screening test has been developed to identify those dogs affected as well as carriers of the gene that causes the disease.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • NCL DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Staffordshire Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: amstaff.org
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 81
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Staffordshire Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: secretary@amstaff.org
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.amstaff.org/
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