The American Staffordshire Terrier also known as Amstaff is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed. In the early part of the twentieth century the breed gained social stature and was accepted by the American Kennel Club as the American Staffordshire Terrier in 1936.
Links to Breed Descriptions
AKC Video Link
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Other Names for Breed
Amerikansk Staffordshire Terrier
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
At a Glance - The American Staffordshire Terrier:
Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1936 • Ranging in size from 17 to 19 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing somewhere around 45 to 70 pounds • General purpose dog • life expectancy: 12 -16 years
At a Glance - The Staffordshire Bull Terrier:
• Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1975 • Ranging in size from 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder and 24 to 38 pounds • Game sports • Life expectancy: 12 -16 years
AKC Breed info for the Am Staff and Staffordshire Bull Terrier...
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Two of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finland: FKC Database: American Staffordshire Terrier
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/or English summary
Finland; JTO and PEVISA: http://amstaffiyhdistys.net/amstaffi/terveystiedot/
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
American Staffordshire Terrier
This page offers a comparison of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers!
Archived page for historical retention purposes: American Staffordshire Terrier » JaneDogs.pdf
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada
USA: Staffordshire Terrier Club of America
Finland: Suomen Amerikanstaffordshirenterrieriyhdistys ry