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American Staffordshire Terrier

Origin United States
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Other Names
What other names does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? The breed also known as...
Amstaff, Stafford, Staffy
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the American Staffordshire Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the American Staffordshire Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Staffordshire Terrier gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the American Staffordshire Terrier's size? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the American Staffordshire Terrier weigh?
57-67 pounds (25-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
62 pounds (27.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Staffordshire Terrier?
Male: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (41-46 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 18 inches (45.5 cm), Female: 17 inches (43.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the American Staffordshire Terrier's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
BrownBlue WhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the American Staffordshire Terrier and how often?
Effortless: The American Staffordshire Terrier requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do American Staffordshire Terriers shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
American Staffordshire Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. American Staffordshire Terriers could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Staffordshire Terrier have?
AttentiveDevotedLoyalIntelligentCourageousFriendlyTenacious
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Staffordshire Terrier?
Smart: American Staffordshire Terrier's intelligence is above average. Tricks and commands can be trained easily. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 70% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are American Staffordshire Terriers easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Staffordshire Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American Staffordshire Terriers are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
American Staffordshire Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do American Staffordshire Terriers bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The American Staffordshire Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are American Staffordshire Terriers good watchdogs?
American Staffordshire Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
American Staffordshire Terriers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Staffordshire Terrier do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
American Staffordshire Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Staffordshire Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Staffordshire Terrier to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
American Staffordshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
American Staffordshire Terrier have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Are American Staffordshire Terriers good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
American Staffordshire Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
American Staffordshire Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
American Staffordshire Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American Staffordshire Terriers kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
American Staffordshire Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Staffordshire Terriers get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
American Staffordshire Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do American Staffordshire Terriers get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
American Staffordshire Terriers are not dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Staffordshire Terrier is not the best choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do American Staffordshire Terriers have health problems?
American Staffordshire Terriers are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do American Staffordshire Terriers live? What is this dog average life span?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Staffordshire Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Staffordshire Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Staffordshire Terrier have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Staffordshire Terriers require per day?
American Staffordshire Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Staffordshire Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Staffordshire Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
American Staffordshire Terriers should be given a diet formulated for a mid-to-large size dog with moderate energy levels.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the American Staffordshire Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American Staffordshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Staffordshire Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Staffordshire Terrier have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Staffordshire Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-10 puppies

Advantages

  • Grooming: Effortless: The American Staffordshire Terrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: American Staffordshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: American Staffordshire Terrier's intelligence is above average.
  • Trainability: American Staffordshire Terriers are easy to train.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: American Staffordshire Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: American Staffordshire Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: American Staffordshire Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.

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