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BSK Breed Index: The American Staffordshire Terrier

Life Span: 9 - 15 years

Height: 16 - 19in

Weight: 57 - 67 pounds

Litter Size: 5 - 10 puppies

Temperament: Stand Offish

Intelligence: Medium

Classification: Terrier

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit-Bull Terrier both came from a common line starting in the nineteenth century from the breeding of bulldogs and terriers. The two strains split in the early 1900s when dog fighting and other inhumane dog sports were deemed illegal in the United States. While the pit-bull terrier stayed relatively the same, the staffordshire was bred to create a competent show dog breed.

American Staffordshire Terrier Fun Facts

  • The United Kennel Club considers American Pit-Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers to be the same breed.
  • They are prone to hives, cataracts, and hip dysplasia.
  •  The American Staffordshire Terrier is very good in family life with kids.

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