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American Staffordshire Terrier

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 50 - 65 lbs.

Height: 17" - 19"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: CHD; PRA; cerebellar ataxia

Origin: United States

Also Known As: Pit Bull Terrier

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

Exercise Needs

The American Staffordshire Terrier requires regular brisk exercise.

Grooming Needs

The American Staffordshire Terrier needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing.


The American Staffordshire Terrier is usually protective of its family. This breed tends to be stubborn, tenacious and fearless.

Compatibility with Kids

Not recommended with children because unpredictable fighting nature.


Originally bred in the 1800s for bullbaiting and dog fighting