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American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terriers make excellent guardians due to their intelligence and loyalty.

About the American Staffordshire Terrier

Strong, athletic and courageous, the American Staffordshire Terrier is ideally suited to obedience and agility training. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very affectionate, people orientated breed that loves nothing more than to spend time with their human companion.

This fun-loving dog has grown from an ancient Pit Bull Terrier ancestry into a much more gentle family dog that gets along well with other pets, children and adults alike.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

United States
FCI Group 3, AKC Terrier Group
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Agile / Enthusiastic / Lively

Key facts

  • Needs a lot of training
  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Needs a lot of physical and mental exercise
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