What makes the American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium sized, smooth coated breed. They weigh anywhere from 45 - 70 lb. (females 45 - 55lb. - males 55 - 68lb.) Note: Most important is that the AmStaff is that size and weight are in the right proportions.

The Amstaff is a very physical dog that loves human contact. They are not hyper but are as active as their owners allow them to be. If you are planning to acquire an American Staffordshire Terrier as a pet, be prepared to start your training from the day you bring him home. The more basic training (house-manners) that you instill in your puppy, the better the adult will be. Be prepared to lay a good foundation of behavior in the first year. This is a very intelligent breed that will make up their own routine if you do not show them what is expected of them. Contrary to what most people think, the Amstaff is not a stubborn breed that is typical of many of the other breeds in the Terrier Group. When well bred & the right puppy is selected for the right owner, these dogs are very bright & trainable, they are willing workers & adapt very well to any family situation. These dogs make loving companions & guardians for many years.

The Amstaff is self-confident, good natured & friendly, he exudes a positive but not threatening attitude. He is often mistaken by first time owners as too trusting & friendly, in actual fact, this is the discriminating nature of the breed. As stated before, they are self-confident & friendly. If there is ever a problem, your Amstaff will jump into action. This is the best attribute of the breed: he can welcome friends & friendly strangers but at the same time he will be wary of & protective against unfriendly ones.

If children are a concern (whether you already have young ones or are planning a family in the future), there is no need to worry about your choice of the Amstaff as a family pet. If you have young children, be sure we know that before we select a puppy for you. All litters have a range of temperaments & dispositions and it is very important that the right puppy is placed in your home. The right choice will lead to easy training & socializing, the wrong one will be much more work. This is a note to parents: if you are planning to get an Amstaff as a companion for your family & you have young children, please be prepared to take full responsibility for the puppy's care & training. It is very important, as outlined above, that you lay a good foundation for training in the early months. The young puppy must be monitored & trained while it is in the presence of young children & he should never be left unattended with your youngsters. If you are prepared to spend special time every day training your puppy, you will have a wonderful family pet.

The American Staffordshire Terrier makes an excellent guardian, family pet & companion.

The official standard:

Head Medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop. Ears set high.
Ears Cropped or uncropped, the latter preferred. Uncropped ears should be short and held rose or half prick. Full drop to be penalized.
Eyes Dark, round, low down in skull, set far apart. No pink eyelids.
Muzzle Medium length, rounded on upper side to fall away abruptly below the eyes. Jaws well defined. Under jaw strong and to have biting power. Lips close and even; no looseness. Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front. Nose definitely black!
Neck Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.
Shoulders Strong and muscular, with blades wide and sloping.
Back Fairly short. Slight sloping from withers to romp with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Lions slightly tucked.
Body Well sprung ribs; close together, deep in rear. Forelegs set wide. Chest deep and broad
Tail Short in comparison to size, low set, tap ring to fine point; Not curled or carried over back. Not docked.
Legs Front legs straight, with large bones and upright pasterns. Hindquarters well muscled, let down at hocks, turning either in or out. Feet of moderate size, well arched and compact. Gait springy but without roll of space.
Coat Short, close, stiff to the touch, glossy.
Color Any color, solid, party, or patched, is permissible; but more than 80% white, black and than, and liver not to be encouraged.
Size Height and weight should be in proportion. A height of about eighteen to nineteen inches at the shoulders for a male and seventeen to eighteen inches for a female to be considering preferable.
Faults Faults to be penalized are Dudley nose, light or pink eyes, tail too long or badly carried, undershot or overshort mouths.