The American Staffordshire Terrier is originated in the United States Of America in the 19th century which are nicknamed as Amstaff. With a muscular physical appearance, big head and mouth, the American Staffordshire have a powerful look. The eyes are wide set which is mostly in brown in color and the ears are short and set high on the skull.

The American Staffordshire ancestors were powerful dogs that were used for bull baiting and pit fighting. Luckily, the government banned such fighting and they were used as a show dog.

The United Kennel Club recognized this breed on February 10, 1898, and the American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1986 under terrier group.

American Staffordshire Terrier Temperament

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a loyal, affectionate, fearless and reliable temperament dog which is often confused with the Pit Bull terriers. Although they both share the same ancestral bloodline, American Staffordshire Terrier is more gentle and loving than Pit Bull Terrier.

They love their family and are extremely protective of them. They are fun, playful which makes them a great family companion.

American Staffordshire is naturally a protector and is very protective of their people. If they see any danger to his family or feel his family being threatened, they will fight and do anything to protect them.

American Staffordshire Personality

American Staffordshire is generally fun and docile which are good with other people while in the presence of his master. They thrive human affection and interaction and want to be with its people most of the time. If they are left alone for a long time, they might have separation anxiety and can show destructive behavior.

American Staffordshire is a good watchdog. If they see or sense any danger or strange activity, they will bark and warn their owner about the coming danger.


American Staffordshire is a strong-willed and independent dog, so a confident and patient trainer is needed to train them. Be gentle with them as harsh word and force behavior can make them aggressive and they might even bite you. Use positive reinforcement asa training method to gain trust from them and to make them obedient.

American Staffordshire should be trained and socialize at an early age to avoid any bad behavior in their adulthood. They should be trained to distinguish between good and bad people.

Is American Staffordshire Child-Friendly?

American Staffordshire is very child-friendly as they love, adore and are very affectionate towards children. American Staffordshire is also named as “nanny” as they are very tolerant and protective of children. They do not mind children pulling hair, tail or ears as they have thick skin and they do not feel much pain.

American Staffordshire Surrounded with Kids
American Staffordshire playing with three Kids.
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Every dog and children interaction should be supervised. It’s not that the American Staffordshire will bite or harm the child, he might accidentally knock them so proper supervision is needed.

What Can Make American Staffordshire Aggressive?

American Staffordshire is a well-muscular dog with powerful looks which makes them look aggressive but they are gentle and loving. The only thing that makes them aggressive is when someone provokes their family and threatened them. They are extremely protective of their family and do not let single touch them. So, when it comes to family and their property safety, American Staffordshire becomes aggressive.

American Staffordshire defending its master from harm.

How Does American Staffordshire Behave Around Strangers?

American Staffordshire is friendly around strangers if properly introduced by his owner. When he sees some stranger approaching them, they will bark till his master come and tells to stop. They should be socialized with different people at an early age so they can know the difference between good and bad people.

If you are looking for a dog who is powerful and fearless at the same time loving, playful and protective then American Staffordshire is definitely for you. He will look after your family and your house with full devotion.

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