Size: Medium Height: 43 - 48 cm (17 - 19 inches) Weight: 18 - 23 kg (40 - 50 lb) Life Span: 12 years Grooming: Easy Exercise: Medium Feeding: Medium Temperament: Fearless & dependable Country of Origin: United States AKC Group: Terrier
Temperament: The American Staffordshire Terrier is bold, fearless, outgoing, confident, loyal and intelligent. The American Staffordshire Terrier loves to please its owner and thrives on praise from its family. They get along well with people of all ages, especially with children. American Staffordshire Terriers make good guard dogs and have tremendous courage. However, due to this trait some people have trained them as fight dogs, but American Staffordshire Terriers can make docile pets when properly trained.
Grooming: American Staffordshire Terriers need minimal grooming with their short coats. A quick brush is sufficient to keep skin and coat healthy.
Exercise: Regular exercise is necessary on a daily basis. American Staffordshire Terriers enjoy running alongside a cycle and playing ball games.
History: The origins are similar to Staffordshire Bull Terrier – blendings of Bulldog, Black and Tan Terrier and an old white English Terrier. In 1870, they came to America and quickly became invaluable to families as guard dogs. Because breeders preferred a slightly larger specimen than early English Staffordshire Terriers, in 1972 American Kennel Club permitted word American to be added to their title to differentiate them from English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.