The American Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium sized dog that gives the appearance of extreme strength and muscular development. The short, sleek coat can be of almost any color but for show purposes the total body area must be not more than eighty percent white. The head of the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very square in appearance with a thick, heavy muzzle and strong jaw. The muzzle is short in proportion to the rest of the body and very wide, giving the eyes a smaller and closer set appearance. The ears are usually shaped or part-docked, but this practice is prohibited in some countries so they may be left natural, longer and folded over.
American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The tail is long and thin and tapers to a point. The American Staffordshire Bull Terrier is often mistaken for the American Pit Bull although they are usually larger boned and overall weigh more than the Pit Bull.
Temperament of an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The American Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a true companion dog but they are also a ferocious protector of their property and their people. They are a natural watch and guard dog that will defend the home to the death. While not dog-aggressive when socialized properly they will not back down from a fight. Although many people misunderstand the breed and see them as an aggressive dog, they are actually, with proper training and socialization, a very happy, loving and gentle dog. They are great with children of all ages although their size may be intimidating for younger children. The breed is known to be somewhat dominant and does require an experienced trainer. They are not recommended as a first dog for families unless professional trainers and obedience classes are planned. Often housetraining is a challenge with the breed.
Grooming & Shedding
With a sleek and short coat the Staffordshire Bull Terrier only requires minimal grooming with a bristle brush or a grooming mitt. They can be bathed when necessary but not too frequently. Many breeders recommend rubbing the coat with a chamois to bring out the natural shine and luster of the coat.
History of the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Bred in the 1800’s in Staffordshire England as a sport fighting dog, it was also used in the then popular sport of bull baiting as well as hunting. The original Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed was likely developed by crossing a Black and Tan Terrier with an Old English Bulldog. When exported to America the Staffordshire was bred for additional size and weight, as well as to have a broader and more powerful head.
Health Issues for an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Major Concerns: none
Minor Concerns: none
Occasionally seen: hip dysplasia, cataracts, gastric torsion
Suggested tests: eye, hip
Characteristics of an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier