American Staffordshire Terrier

40-50 lbs
17-18"
United States
Am Staff, Bull and Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier

Originally bred as fighters and bull baiters, these powerful dogs are slightly heavier and taller than the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  Over time, the breed was used for entertainment in pits, giving rise to its name, the Pit Bull.  However, it is still debated today whether the Am Staff and Pit Bull are in fact the same.  Despite their unfortunate reputations as aggressive dogs, developed early in the breed’s history, the American Staffordshire Terriers, Am Staffs for short, are gentle, loving dogs that are easily trained and make excellent family protectors.  Am Staffs require a lot of attention and vigorous exercise to keep their minds and bodies healthy as well as preventing them from developing destructive behaviors.

Purpose
bull baiting, dog fighting
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
bull terrier, mastiff

American Staffordshire Terrier Health

Sketch of American Staffordshire Terrier
Average Size
Male American Staffordshire Terrier size stats
Height: 18-19 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Female American Staffordshire Terrier size stats
Height: 17-18 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Heart Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bladder Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Blood And Urine Protein Screens
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays

American Staffordshire Terrier Breed History

Before the 19th century, the ancestor of the modern day American Staffordshire Terrier was a cross between the old Bulldog and a Terrier or unknown descent, possibly a Fox Terrier or an English Terrier.  The former old Bulldog of England does not resemble its modern day namesake but appears more like a current day Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Initially, these early Staffordshire Terrier dogs were bred for baiting bulls for the butcher and later for sports entertainment as pit fighters, particularly for gaming rats and dog fighting in the pit.  Their strength and spirit gained them passage to the Americas where they continued to fight and compete in the pits, earning them the name of Pit Bull and Yankee Terrier. Americans preferred slightly larger dogs; which was selected for during breeding.  The American Kennel Club accepted the Am Staff for registration in 1936, and its name officially changed to the American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972 to distinguish itself as a separate breed from its smaller cousins in England, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Loyalty is a trademark quality selected for in this breed, which was once used for sporting.  Loyalty is a much-needed trait for a tenacious, high-spirited dog with great agility and strength; such is the character of the Am Staff. Unfortunately, the American Staffordshire Terrier has suffered a bad reputation throughout history.  Several breed-specific laws have been passed regarding owning this loyal and loving dog, but the Am Staff continues to appeal to people aiming to use it for fighting and gaming history rather than its ability for love and companionship.

American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Appearance

At once the American Staffordshire Terrier gives the impression of strength, despite being low to the ground.  The Am Staff is stocky and muscular with a medium length head and pronounced cheek muscles.  His ears are set high and at points.  The American Staffordshire Terrier’s eyes are dark and round and set far apart.  His jaws are powerful, and his lips are tight with no drooping.  The American Staffordshire Terrier’s neck is heavy and slightly arched as it tapers from the shoulder to the back of the head. The Am Staff’s shoulders are robust and muscular with his forelegs set wide apart, giving rise to a broad, deep chest.  This breed’s coat is glossy, short, stiff to the touch, and comes in all colors, including brindle with several marking types, such as masks, points, spots, patches, and brindle.  The Am Staff’s tail is short in proportion to the rest of its body and is set low, tapering to a point.

Appearance of American Staffordshire Terrier
Eye Color Possibilities
brown American Staffordshire Terrier eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black American Staffordshire Terrier nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
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Coat Length
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Coat Density
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Coat Texture
American Staffordshire Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Maintenance

American Staffordshire Terriers have short coats and with early exposure to grooming and brushing are easy to maintain.  Dirt and excess hair are easily removed to once weekly brushing, which will also keep your Am Staff’s coat shiny, but an American Staffordshire Terrier can be quite stubborn about grooming.  Despite having short hair, the Am Staff will shed often, and brushing will significantly help the process. American Staffordshire Terriers are prone to develop more bacteria in the mouths than the average canine and require teeth cleaning at least once a week if possible.  Never use teeth cleaning products designed for people and consult with your veterinarian or local grooming specialist of the best products and methods for cleaning your dog’s teeth at home. The Am Staff is an active dog who loves to dig in the ground and is at his best when he’s got a task to do.  Task-oriented training and playing will help keep his mind sharp, and his interests satisfied.  He doesn’t require a lot of space to run around, so the American Staffordshire Terrier is a good choice for apartment living, so long as he gets his mental and physical stimulation. The American Staffordshire Terrier is considered a medium size dog and should be fed in proportion to his body size and activity levels.  You should always pay close attention to your dog’s dietary needs and consult with your veterinarian to develop a feeding formula that best suits your Am Staff.

Brushes for American Staffordshire Terrier
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
American Staffordshire Terrier requires weekly brushing
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American Staffordshire Terrier Temperament

The American Staffordshire Terrier is an intelligent dog who is extremely loyal to the family.  They are sometimes considered “nanny” dogs due to their patience and love for children but should never be left alone with children.  The American Staffordshire Terrier also makes for a great guard dog and protector of the family.  However, this breed requires early and consistent training, which can be difficult and time consuming given the breed’s stubborn nature. Around people, these dogs are well behaved and calm, but the Am Staff may view other dogs as a threat to him or his family.  This is mainly due to the selective breeding the American Staffordshire Terrier experienced early on when the breed was used for dog fighting and gaming. Some of the Am Staff’s greatest pursuits are to spend time with its people.  They have gentle personalities and can be somewhat shy at times.  The Am Staff also requires a confident owner who will demonstrate leadership and teach him appropriate “respect training.”  It is, therefore, not suggested that a novice dog owner adopts an American Staffordshire Terrier.  With proper love and training, this gentle, people pleasing dog is a great addition to any family.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

American Staffordshire Terrier Popularity

Popularity ranking
#81
Popular Hybrids
Bullboxer Staff
Boxer
American Staffordshire Terrier
Bullboxer Staff
English Bull Staffy
English Bulldog
American Staffordshire Terrier
English Bull Staffy
Frenchie Staff
French Bulldog
American Staffordshire Terrier
Frenchie Staff
Labrastaff
Labrador Retriever
American Staffordshire Terrier
Labrastaff
Staffweiler
American Staffordshire Terrier
Rottweiler
Staffweiler

American Staffordshire Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$2.00 - $2.30
Monthly Cost
$53.00 - $68.00

American Staffordshire Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of American Staffordshire Terrier at six months
Male American Staffordshire Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female American Staffordshire Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of American Staffordshire Terrier at 12 months
Male American Staffordshire Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female American Staffordshire Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 35 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of American Staffordshire Terrier at 18 months
Male American Staffordshire Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female American Staffordshire Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 45 lbs

Top American Staffordshire Terrier Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable American Staffordshire Terrier breeders of 2018.
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder LBK AmStaffs
LBK AmStaffs
Spokane, Washington
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Explicit  American Staffordshire Terrier
Explicit American Staffordshire Terrier
Pleasant Garden, North Carolina
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Cimar Kennels
Cimar Kennels
Lilburn, Georgia
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Major League American Staffordshire Terriers
Major League American Staffordshire Terriers
Acworth, Georgia
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Blue Nile Kennel
Blue Nile Kennel
San Antonio, Texas
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Angel Moon Kennel
Angel Moon Kennel
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder DotCom Amstaffs
DotCom Amstaffs
Houston, Texas
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Ironheart Amstaffs
Ironheart Amstaffs
Rosanky, Texas
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Rounders Ruffians
Rounders Ruffians
Boerne, Texas
Top American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Kayo Kennel
Kayo Kennel
Atlanta, Georgia

American Staffordshire Terrier Owner Experiences

Remy
15 Months
3 People
Apartment
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Laying in the sun
racing
Fetch
wrestling
Tug-of-war
Run
Remy is a great Amstaff. Very friendly and great with my 4 year old daughter. She requires a lot of love and attention and wants to play with other dogs lol.
3 months ago
Nadia
2 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Explore the woods
Nap
Bath time
Eating Snacks
Tug-of-war
Got her from a litter of my friends pups. She was the most well mannered of the bunch and me and her just clicked once I met her. She's my baby.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
5 Years
People
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Pits are a great breed and unfortunately widely misunderstood. I think their strength is what scares people the most about them. But with proper training, they're really just like any other big dog breed. They can be a little stubborn to train, but are usually eager to please if a toy or treat is at stake. You just need to be on your toes when you walk a breed like this because if they get excited and you're not paying attention, they could take you for a ride
7 months, 2 weeks ago
6 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Playing with tennis ball
Belly rubs
Domino was super cute and very well-behaved. He responded very positively when I had a treat. When I put his leash on, he became very excited for his walk. While walking he mostly followed my lead, but was curious and stubborn at times when he smelled something he liked. Overall he was a good listener and was very adorable.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Walk
Powerful and muscular a beautiful dog. Smart,calm,loving,gentle,humble and shy. Listen well and not aggressive towards anyone. She likes to head back to her apartment as soon as she is finish using the bathroom. She can get startled from loud noises which she might not be use too. Non aggressive with other dogs .An easy going dog who likes to curl up in bed and relax.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
People
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Run
Fetch
Walking the AmStaff was a great experience. She was a puppy, but very smart and very playful. She loved to run. She was not small at all, but not too large. She was very strong. She was also very smart. Also, very affectionate. Being looked at as a pitbull, they get bad reputations, but she showed nothing but love and a great amount of curiosity. She has so much energy. She can run and keep running and super fast. They are gorgeous dogs as well. Their color variations, patterns and eyes are stunning, especially hers. She knew a lot of tricks. She knew sit, paw and the difference between left and right, lay down, high five, wave, and slow down. I can only imagine how much more they can learn.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
People
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Run
Play
Chase
Explore the city
The Staffordshire Terrier was the first dog I ever walked on Wag! When I entered his home, he was waiting for me behind a black gate. He looked quite curious to see me, as he had never met me, and he did not ever bark! As soon as I opened the gate, he came bursting out and started jumping all over me. He was super excited to go out on his walk, but his excitement made it hard to put his leash on. He also wanted to bite everything that was hanging. He bit his leash when I tried to put it on him as well as some of my articles of clothing. He had tons of energy! As soon as we left his home, he started pulling to wherever he wanted to go. It was a tough walk because he was so strong and incredibly energetic. He was really curious and he wanted to explore everything that he possibly could. We jogged for a little bit because he was so full of energy. During our walk, he really wanted to go wherever he felt like going. He was always super excited to say hi to any dog that came his way, but I tried to keep him away because I was not sure how he would react. He did, however, run into one little dog along the way. This little dog ran out of his house out of nowhere and tried to put up a fight with this friendly giant. It was hard to contain him only because he was super excited to see the small dog, and he did pull to get closer to him, but all he did was smell him and wag his tail. He was super nice to him, while the other tiny dog was trying to put up a fight. It was quite entertaining watching him be super nice and seeing the little dog act a little aggressive towards him. We headed back to his house after our hour spent walking, and boy, that must have been the most tired I have ever felt after a walk. Even after everything we walked and ran, he still seemed to have loads of energy. It was a pleasure walking him because he was super sweet and very friendly, but he was also super strong and he pulled most of the way. Even after we ran, he still seemed completely fine, not even slightly tired. He did not want to go back to his gate. He started jumping and pulling at the leash when he got to his house. He wanted to keep going. It was a little hard to take the leash off because he was trying to bite it because he wanted to stay outside. I took it off of him and put him behind his gate. He looked at me once more and I said my farewells.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Getting treats
exploring the park
Saying hi to everyone
Playing fetch
American Staffordshire Terriors, also known as pit bulls are affectionate, loving and loyal companions. They often get a bad reputation due to owners neglecting them and training them to fight. Pit bulls are nothing but big sweethearts that just want to be loved and cared for. I’ve walked several pit bulls and they were all obidient, friendly and playful. They greet you with kisses as soon as you enter the door. They’re great on the leash and usually comply with commands like “sit” or “heel”. Sometimes they pull on the leash but that’s normal with every dog. Pit bulls are energetic, they love playing and exploring their surroundings. They are treat motivated so if you’re having trouble with training them, offering treats is a great way to help. They have a thin coat so it’s fairly easy to keep them groomed. Pit bulls sometimes think they’re “lap dogs” and love to cuddle up and sit on you. They’re just big lovable babies, it’s so precious. Overall, pit bulls are absolutely amazing and overlooked dogs. I wish the world would give them the love and attention they deserve!
7 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Belly rubs
Fetch
Chase
Tug-of-war
keep away
Hiking
Playing Ball
These are amazing dogs! They are goofy little (big) play machines. One of the big things you should know about staffy's is they need to be trained! They are naturally sweet dogs, and eager to please, so they aren't hard to train, but they also have ALOT of energy, and they grow to be very big and strong, so if you don't train them, they can become difficult to control as they get older. I've walked and cared for many staffys, and they are strong, energetic walkers. You usually don't have any trouble getting them going, because they need lots of exercise and like to explore outside. The two year old staffy I walked had never been trained (she was a recent rescue) and pulled very strongly on the leash. I'm strong, but not very big, so it took most of my body weight to keep her under control when she saw a cat, or another dog. She also tended to jump up, which you need to be prepared for. They are enthusiastic and affectionate dogs. Some I have walked are aggressive toward other dogs or cats, but this one just wanted to play with everyone and everything. You can motivate or refocus them easily with treats or play time though.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
People
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Run
On one of my walks I walked two American Staffordshire Terriers at the same time. They both seemed to be well fed, but each of them were tied to trees when I arrived. This is actually illegal in Georgia. There owners had me place them in a kennel inside after I was done, so it is possible they are not normally tied to the trees. Both were very excitable and a little difficult to walk. They pulled very hard while I was walking them to the point where I had a bruise on one of my hands when I was done. However, both were really sweet and showed no aggressive behavior. They seemed to have no triggers. We passed many other dogs and animals to which they seemed very uninterested. They did not chase them or growl.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
People
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
pets
Kisses
Tug-of-war
Hugs
My bullies are some of my absolute best dogs. Most of them are eager just to cuddle for a minute (and give me massive kisses) when I come in the door before I even have a chance to get them leashed up and ready to go. I have never seen them anything less than overjoyed to say hello to people and kids out on the street! I do have a couple who are leash reactive to other dogs, but they are both incredibly trusting, and willing to let me distract them and shield them with no issues. The only concern I have ever had with them is that it breaks my heart when people are scared of them when we walk by, they are such love-bugs! They are strong, but walk well with either an easy walk or even a gentle leader.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
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He was very high energy because he was a crated puppy. He liked to tug on the leash and bite it as well. He was a very strong dog, sweet as can be.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Exploring
Running
Tug-of-war
treats
Look out the window
I absolutely LOVE Stafforshire Terriers. They are one of the most friendly dogs out there. I've walked multiple and every time I go to walk one, they are so freaking strong. I don't mind it, I hate people who stereotype these dogs because it's the people who make them mean, not the breed. The two I walked recently, were two sisters. They loved to jump and show that they were excited. It was a little overwhelming becuase I had two dogs jumping on me and was trying to get the harnesses on, but once we started the walk they were fine. They did pull but they just wanted to explore their surroundings. They loved squirrles and other small animals, so I just had to try to avoid them as much as I could by walking around or distracting them.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Explore the city
Speak
Heel
Play
Brushing
Run
Walk
He was very strong and energetic, well-behaved with commands. He liked to go at a very fast pace and whined when he saw other dogs. Excitable and a fun breed all around!
7 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Nap
Walk
This breed comes in as many different personalities as humans themselves, so it’s hard to describe Staffies in general terms. Generally strong, occasionally stubborn, sometimes VERY stubborn. So I’ll break it down. First there’s the puppy - 8 weeks old and a complete dear. He was timid, submissive, eager to please, and willing to walk, but mostly just wished he was back home with his owner. Then there was the 2 year-old, under-exercised fella who never did get properly trained on his leash. He pulled me like a freight train through his neighborhood and it took MAJOR finagling to make sure that he didn’t come face-to-face with another dog. He would have been a fierce opponent to another dog, but with me he was sweet. Finally, my favorite, the big mama, 6 years old. This sweet dear would rather nap than walk any day, but even she has to admit that she can use a potty break in the middle of her long day. The first time I walked her I entered the house tentatively, afraid that she would resent my intrusion. She only resented that I woke her from her nap. She was afraid of the wind, so although I was nervous, the owner insisted “She’s just a big baby” and said that if I pulled she would come along eventually. It turns out that that day she was afraid of the wind. We walked about .5 miles in 30 minutes, because every few steps she would lay on her back with a huge mischievous grin on her face and roll around - presumably to get dirty and punish her owner for making her go for a walk. After that I became her regular walker. Most days, when the sun is shining, she walks nicely along besides me, stopping only occasionally for a nice roll in the grass. When she’s having a bad day she pull me towards her home to let me know that she’s done walking. And on her favorite kind of day she doesn’t have to walk at all and we just sit in her living room so she can get a nice scratch and a few biscuits. Are Staffies submissive and timid? High energy freight trains? Or stubborn old sweethearts? I guess the answer is yes. They’ve won me over, though, and despite their scary-looking jaws and rough breeding background, I think Staffies could use some love.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
8 Months
People
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Running
Fetcg
Playing
Fetch
The puppy I walked was a male named Franklin. He was the cutest puppy ever and has so much energy! Since he’s so young he wanted to bite everything from my hand to his leash. The owner’s instructions were to simply take him outside for his potty break, play with him, and then feed him at the end. I couldn’t take him outside of his yard since he was still young and prone to catch diseases. He loved to play fetch with sticks from his yard and run around with them in his mouth. I would run and he would immediately chase after me. You could tell he played to his content toward the end when he ate and went straight to his crate to lay down. Most people find this breed to be hostile and aggressive, but my numerous experiences with them are that they are loving and loyal dogs who can be taught great tricks and be a valued family member!
7 months, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
People
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Shopping
Dog Parks
Shake
Speak
Play
Run
Walk
I personally have a dog that is part American Staffordshire Terrier and he is very high energy. They are very strong dogs and tend to want to pull towards anything that catches their attention. They are very intelligent and obedient. They also are very excitable dogs, they tend to enjoy the company of other dogs of their stature. They love to play and please their owners and overall are a very great family breed.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Playing Ball
Jogging
Aspen is a beautiful dog. Very friendly, well trained, and extremley loveable. I believe it was one of the best experiences I've had with wag so far I even made them a reoccurring walk. I walk Aspen every day Monday through Friday at 1 and absolutely love it.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Months
People
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Run
Cuddling
Playing
sniffin
They are the sweetest dog. The dog I got to walk was still a puppy but super affectionate and friendly. They like to play rough sometimes but it is because that is the way they play when pulling a toy. They love kisses and snuggles and never once were they showed signs of aggressive behavior towards other dogs. They are a very pure heart and just want to be next to you. They also are great company to other dogs but as most dogs, very curious with squirrels.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Pit bulls in general are very loyal. They love their pack, and while they do have a bad reputation, just like with any breed it’s dependent on the personality. Many’s pits I’ve walked are very affectionate and obedient. The only danger comes when they sense a perceived threat because they are extremely strong. They respond well to energy, so if you respect them and maintain calmness, they pick up on that. It’s a beautiful breed and so lovely to be around.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
6 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Jogging
In Indianapolis, there are a lot of American Staffordshire Terriers. As a result, I have walked many of them. I will focus my experience on a particular American Staffordshire Terrier I have worked with particularly often, an older, female dog. She is a very quiet and timid dog. She has a lot of patience, and is very easy to train and work with, however she has also grown stubborn with age. Despite this, she is still very eager to please. She loves to stay by her owner’s side and makes a great companion dog for him. However, she still requires plenty of energy maintenance! She is very high energy and has a very strong, fit upper body. She enjoys jogging and running, and has tons of energy every time I meet her. Despite her timid nature and the fact she walks by your side, she will requires a lot of exercise. I try to aim for 30-60 minute walks every time I see her, and hope to cover 2-3 miles each time. She enjoys running beside me for long distances, however she also enjoys sniffing around areas for extended amounts of time. I always allow her to do this, because I know exploration is good stimulation for dogs. She is also great with other people! She does well around children, but she enjoys gentle attention from adults the most. She wags her tail at passing people and walks up to them if they want to pet her. She doesn’t jump on them, nor does she bark. She is very tolerant of other dogs, but doesn’t get excited or curious when she sees them. She is a very independent dog! The most of her personality shows when she is comfortable at home. After walks, she enjoys running around the house, picking up toys and tossing them at your feet. She enjoys fetching toys and roughhousing around the house. She especially likes running up and down the stairs. After playtime, she likes to lay down at your feet, or sit down on your lap. She enjoys being petted by the people she loves, and will often nuzzle her face asking for attention! She has a very gentle heart and I always appreciate when I am able to see her and work with her. I’ve never heard her bark or be aggressive, and she is endlessly sweet. Despite her timid personality, she has a lot of personality and is very independent. She is a great example of how American Staffordshire Terriers can be quiet and gentle as well!
7 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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This is a muscular, very fit, highly alert dog who will think nothing of jumping up onto something or over a waist high fence. They have a tendency to pull on the leash if not getting enough physical activity.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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catch
Walking
This breed is incredibly friendly and sweet. I have walked numerous American Staffordshire terriers and they have all been big puppies that just want attention, love and exercise. They are always willing to follow directions and are grateful for the attention they receive. However, I do think that they are the most misunderstood breed. Once during a walk, I had a lady shout at me out of her car that I should have the dog on a vest-meaning that I would have more control over her. However, this particular pup was one of the most well behaved dogs I have had the chance to walk. All in all, I think the American Staffordshire terrier is an incredible companion, and deserves to be loved as much as all the other breeds. I have one of my own and she is an absolute joy to be around.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Run
Running
Very sweet breed. Very social dog that was full of energy and excitement. Very loving dogs that get a bad rep. They are very train-able breeds just require patience and love.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Fetch
Sniffing
snuggling
chewing
The most misunderstood breed ever. They're not mean, unless they were raised to be so. Honestly, ones raised in loving homes, even rescues from abusive environments, are unbelievably sweet and giant lap dogs. They're end game is to love and be loved. Take one look into their eyes and you'll melt. In terms of walking, they are VERY strong and filled with energy, so if you get a poorly trained one or one who's not had enough exercise/entertainment, you will be in for a work out.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Tug-of-war
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Chase
All the Staffordshires I've had experience with have been incredibly friendly, fun loving dogs. They have also all been very high energy dogs, lots of running and jumping, but lots of love.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Walk
Both of the dogs I have met were lovely animals, very sweet and not shy or aggressive whatsoever. Both were friendly and really liked to walk. They both pulled often and hard it is amazing how strong they are. I think that using a normal collar on them is a little dangerous as they can slip out easily and when they are pulling they can hurt themselves, I would like to see them on prong collars or at least a harness so they don not hurt their necks or have trouble breathing. This might also make them easier to control if they react to anything. Very active strong dogs that enjoy their walk and exercise. Like any breed they need a good owner and lots of exercise to keep them happy. Both dogs were sweethearts big teddy bears.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
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Most staffies are sweet, affectionate pups. I have found that most of the ones I walk are easily excited by other dogs. I usually try to steer clear of other dogs when on walks. Many are very good motivated, so having treats on hand is always a great idea. A lot of staffies are incredibly energetic, which may involved jumping on you or others. They are definitely a dog that will take full advantage of your walk and spend lots of time sniffing and leading the way. Overall, many of very trainable as long as you have the patience to do it. Some can be very dog aggressive without provocation, so that’s something that folks should be aware of. Their grooming needs seem to be low as many of them have short coats. They need a lot of room to roam and lots of tasks or things to play with.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Two Years
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I walk to staffordshire terriers at once one's name was Grace the other was Athena. They're very beautiful and strong dogs. They love attention and are super friendly with people and other animals. They have a ton of energy so make sure they get walked at least a half hour to an hour everyday
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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I have been walking Callie for a year-and-a-half and she's the sweetest dog and she is very curious and very very smart and very very well-behaved and loves to stand by my side while we're walking does not pull it all she is a love bug
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Jacob
4 Years
4 People
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The best loyal way to train dogs ever I had a female and a male. They where great with dogs cats loved the babies an dog properly trained is a good dog
7 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Frisbee
Run
Fetch
Staff's make a phenomenal addition to the home, and are clearly easy to place as man's best friend. They are very loyal to their family, extremely attentive and crave attention and affection, and have plenty of love and energy to provide to anyone who gives them their deserved attention. They are highly energetic, and do great with outdoor activities like running (great sprinting pups), retrieving, swimming, and high focused activities. They are an easier breed to train, and once they learn, they always apply that obtained knowledge (sitting at street corners, staying at your side, no leash pulling, sitting, etc.)
7 months, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Getting treats
Running
Playing
chewing
Staffies have a tendency to be very sweet, very curious, but are strong pullers when not trained. They need mental stimulation. They are often unaware of their size and strength in comparison to other dogs since they are a bit on the shorter and stalkier side and many dogs that are at their eye level are half their weight. Many of the "bully breeds" have a tendency to have bad allergies, dry, flaky skin, and are prone to sunburn if lighter in color, since they like being outside and sunbathing.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
6 Years
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Running hikes and his walks
Teddy is my main squeeze American Staffordshire Terrier. He is a big ball of love and and super sweet to anyone he comes in contact with. When it comes to dogs, on the leash, well he’s a bit aggressive and likes to really snap at any dog he comes into contact with. I was informed by his owner that he got attacked by two dogs while at a family’s residence and ever since he’s been quite aggressive toward other dogs. When you’re with him one on one he’s a doll and an absolute cuddle bug. He will cuddle all night in the bed with you. These breeds get such a bad rep as they are closely similar to pit bulls however they are two total different breeds.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
6 Years
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I own a pit bull mix and have walked more pit bulls than I can count. They are super friendly w/ people and other canines, love to give kisses, sit on laps and receive belly rubs. A harness, such as the Easy Walk, is recommended as they are typically quite strong.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Sniffing
Running
The dog I walked was very eager to explore and didn't pay me much mind. More focused on all the stuff happening outside.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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pets
Sniffing
Cuddles
Playing
I love staffies. I, personally, have never had a negative experience walking one. The only downside I've seen is that they are strong animals, so they can pull on the leash. Though many do not. Generally, they LOVE people. They're very affectionate and well behaved towards humans. They have the same response to dogs and other small animals as other dogs do: sometimes they love them, sometimes they don't want to be around them. They're just larger animals so their aggression is seen as scarier than it is- even though toy breeds are WAY more likely to attack humans and other animals than staffies. They're so sweet. Shoutout to ginger the pitbull! she's the best.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Running
Cuddling
Sniffing
Fetch
Ball
chewing
Walking
They are just big cuddle bugs who always want attention. Outside, they love to walk around in grassy areas and busy parts to meet new people. They can be stubborn and their size makes it hard to get them to pay attention, but a well trained dog is very obedient.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Obeying commands
Walk
Run
Play
petting
I have walked multiple American Staffordshire terriers. They are very strong muscular dogs and sometimes will pull on the leash when walking. However, they are quick learners and very good listeners. I have noticed they have all been pretty friendly dogs and love attention. They obey commands and love sniffing everything outside. They have good energy and enjoy running.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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He was such a sweet and happy guy. He was so excited when I got there. He really just wanted to get out and stretch his legs so we went out and he had lots of energy to burn. We raced sometimes which he loved
7 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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playing with other dogs
Kisses
Snuggles
These dogs will forever have my heart. My dog was born deaf but he didn't let that stop him! I trained him with hand signals and he was such an intelligent dog. He was the biggest sweetheart with anybody and everybody. He was so silly and very vocal. I hate how they are classified as a "bully breed" when "pits" are the sweetest, most loyal and loving dogs you will ever meet. My dog unfortunately was very sick and we had to put him down but he was a total sweetheart.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Playing in the snow
Laying in the sun
Walk
Swim
Staffys are just big goof balls! They think they are little puppies and definitely act like it. They’re a little dopey but it’s really endearing. They will love you with all the love they have to give. They can be trained but they are definitely treat motivated and may not listen unless they know you have a treat in your hand. Staffys often get confused with Pit Bulls so they automatically get a bad rep, but they truly are just giant sweethearts!
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Mia
1 Year
5 People
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She has been an absolute joy. We got her at 8 weeks and have socialized her everyday of the week meeting new dogs. She does well with our 3 kids who are 2,5, and 7. Training classes have done wonders for us and helped us learn how to communicate our wishes to her in a clearer way!
8 months, 1 week ago
Miles
5 Years
2 People
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Yoga
Laying in the sun
Dressing up
Mushing
Explore the city
Dog Parks
Flyball
Fetch
Chase
Shake
Play
Play keep away
Catch treats
Look out the window
Explore the woods
Run
Walk
Boat ride
Playdate
My first dog and possibly will forever be my favorite dog. He’s so sweet and loving of other dogs and people
9 months, 1 week ago
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