Dog breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier

Dog breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier

Origin, classification and history

Origin: USA.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terriers.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is nothing more than a pit bull recognized by the F.C.I .; in 1898 it was recognized as Pit bull terrier by the U.K.C .; in 1936 the Staffordshire Terrier Club of America managed to get the razzasotto recognized under the name Staffordshire Terrier, a name he had until 1974 which in turn became the American Staffordshire Terrier.
Today this breed is also very popular in Europe.

General aspect

Medium-small size dog. It is a dog that gives the impression of great power and dynamism. Breed with a solid construction, very muscular, but at the same time very agile and quick. Elegant in bearing and very attentive to everything around him. His expression is firm and serious. Well placed and robust breed.


Dog that becomes attached in an exemplary way to a particular person. This person will remain his one thought throughout his life.
Very agile dog and incredible speed of movement. Powerful and rustic.
Dog with proverbial courage and exceptional performance. Fearless guard dog and at the same time excellent companion for being in the family. The rumors regarding his natural notes of malice and ferocity are absolutely not true. Of course, it was selected for decades only for its fighting instinct, but the latter can only be re-emerged through human preparation.

American Staffordshire Terrier (photo

American Staffordshire Terrier (photo


- males from 46 to 48 cm
- females from 43 to 46 cm
Weight: must be in proportion to the height.

Trunk: with fairly short back. With a slight variation from the withers to the rump. All ribs are close together.
Head and muzzle: of moderate length. The skull must be large, with very pronounced masseters. The stop is well marked. The muzzle is of medium length, it is rounded in its upper part.
Truffle: large, voluminous and decidedly black in color.
Teeth: regularly aligned and complete in number and development.
Ears: can be cut or intact. In its natural state it is short and half-pink or erect.
Limbs: both hindquarters and forelegs must be perpendicular. The skeleton is well developed and rounded. The hindquarters must be flexed, well angled and muscular.
Shoulder: must be strong and muscular, with long and well-inclined shoulder blades.
Musculature: excellent development in all parts of the body.
Tail: short in relation to the size of the dog. With low hanging. Not curled or curved. It doesn't have to be amputated.
Hair: of short measure, dense and rigid. Of equal length throughout the body.
Skin: adapts well enough to the body.
Allowed colors: all. Tolerated but not desired: pure white, tan and liver.
Most common defects: light dog, incorrect movement, upper line ceded, incorrect posterior, lack of premolars, deviated jaw, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, incorrect appendages, cake tail, depigmented truffle, posterior straight, clear eye, prognathism, enognatism.

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Video: American Staffordshire Terrier breed (September 2021).