Breed Profile

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is not a new breed. Although it gained American Kennel Club registration and recognition in 1936, it has been developed since the early 1800s as a result of crosses between the bulldogs of that time and game terriers.

Although the early ancestors of this breed came from England, the development of the American Staffordshire Terrier is the story of a truly American breed. This dog was instrumental in the success of farmers and settlers who developed that country. They were used for general farm work, hunting wild pigs, bears, and other large game, guarding the homestead and for general companionship.

A number of the early ancestors were also developed for the "sport" of dog fighting. The extraordinary vitality of this breed is a direct result of breeding for successful fighting dogs. This now illegal activity is, unfortunately, more often cited as the early purpose of the dogs rather than the general farm work, and although ancestors of the American Staffordshire were fighting dogs, the selective breeding since the 1930s has been away from the fighting heritage. The American Staffordshire Terrier today is a companion and show dog.


The American Staffordshire Terrier usually lives up to nine years of age but can easily last 11 years if given plenty of loving attention and a good diet.


44cm to 49cm
19kg to 23kg


The American Staffordshire Terrier is a stoic and powerful breed. It's nature tends to be courageous and training is recommended.


The American Staffordshire Terrier can, under some circumstances, show aggressive tendencies towards cats, rabbits and other household pets. With other dogs, it needs to be socialised correctly over a period of time to establish a lasting relationship.

The owner of an American Staffordshire Terrier should be ever aware that it will respond to a challenge offered by another dog, and for this reason great care should be taken in the surrounds of an unfamiliar dog, especially if both are male.


The American Staffordshire Terrier is a relatively low maintenance dog, requiring minimal grooming of its coat, dry shampooing or bathing only when necessary and rubbing its coat will bring out a good shine. It requires daily exercise.

It will also seek and demand attention from its human family, but it will require training to become a good member of the family. A home with a fenced yard or kennel is essential.


If you have decided that the American Staffordshire Terrier is the dog for you and you are prepared to keep this animal under close supervision, contact one of the groups listed below:

Recommended Breeders

Breeder NameKennelState 
Brett Baxter Macsmajic SA Contact
Aram Vartanian Persistent Amstaffs VIC Contact
Angie Kay Amstaffs QLD Contact
karyn and robert graham mystaffsblue VIC Contact
Daneillia Davies tredanky QLD Contact
Steve Eadie Koroneos QLD Contact
Terri Clark Superstorm SA Contact
John & Jana Zammit Dddawgs SA Contact
Suzanne McKenzie Rizenstar QLD Contact
Michelle Cleary Amlovinya QLD Contact
Raelea Huntsman Amstaf Rebels NSW Contact
Philip Lavernier Ciaobello QLD Contact
Adrian Martiniello Hot As Hell NSW Contact
Jemimah Davids Amcerberus Kennels QLD Contact
Kristy Oseckas Ironklad NSW Contact
jim salouvardos Amerotic NSW Contact
tracy james homesteadblue VIC Contact
Kylie Wilson Anican VIC Contact
cass ratten rattlestonic NSW Contact
K Corin StarStaff NSW Contact
D Amos Lentoray NSW Contact
Monica Lampard ACESHANMON QLD Contact
grant phillips allheartstaf QLD Contact
angela frank AllheartStaf QLD Contact
larissa ralph Gnarly WA Contact
Carlos Fernandes Americus Kennels WA Contact
Anita Murray Avater WA Contact
marcio Mendonca bluestop QLD Contact
Vanessa Mackay Rufdiamonz NSW Contact
D'Arne Freitag Indigodiva QLD Contact
Antoinette Price Purediamond QLD Contact
Kelly Middleton True heritage QLD Contact
Leanne Baldi Foreverblu VIC Contact
Corrine Clapham Claspers QLD Contact
Ryan Harcombe Izrasapa QLD Contact
stephanie montero-lopez amvantage NSW Contact
Igor Ruzanji Megaamstaffs VIC Contact
Kelly Hill ROBANTY NSW Contact
jodi carter broadstock NSW Contact
Shelly Long Niebieski QLD Contact
Sarah Peebles Terrace NSW Contact
Beth walker Firewalk QLD Contact
Ben Lockley Ukiamstaffs NSW Contact
Tim Kylie Skelton Spudrose Amstaffs NSW Contact
Jamie-Lee Connett Lucyloo QLD Contact
Nicole Betzold Amerozold QLD Contact
Melissa Fuller Melwayful WA Contact
Nikita McGrath TIMELESSBLUE VIC Contact
Brenda Gray Brenfurbabys NSW Contact
Vicki & Graeme Ling Cierrasedge NSW Contact
Amelia van Leeuwen Beherit VIC Contact
Lisa Smith Amfection kennel QLD Contact
Donna Connolly Kabere QLD Contact
Jody Goodwin Alsoloyal NSW Contact
wade jones Staffimpact kennels WA Contact
Jamie Sanders Meggablues VIC Contact
Jodie Bennett Jodie Bennett QLD Contact
Tamara Talbot Pradakka NSW Contact
Eliza Perry Forevapals VIC Contact
Warren Thompson VOLLBLUTIG NSW Contact
Giuseppe Coglitore Incognia NSW Contact
Beannka George Alkoomiejack NSW Contact
Tony Ricks Koncordia SA Contact
david lindau MJSKY WA Contact
Jodie Mckay Dinamyte QLD Contact
Michael Frappell damnqt VIC Contact
Bevan Rowe Nobbyhounds QLD Contact
Kelly Ross Loyal Blue VIC Contact
Steven Lau Blueboys VIC Contact
Mirna Orellana Homies VIC Contact
Marion Green Iroq WA Contact
Rosalie Oldham BlueAllyRose VIC Contact

*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)



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