American Staffordshire Terriers

They may look fierce, but Am Staffs are truly loyal, energetic, and loving! Here’s all you need to know about one of America’s most misunderstood breeds.

Sadly, the American Staffordshire Terrier breed (sometimes referred to as Pit Bulls, but not to be confused with American Pit Bull Terriers), faces extreme discrimination in the United States because of their fighting roots. Am Staffs can trace their genes back to bull-baiting Bulldogs in England. But today, these pups are more lovers than fighters.

 Despite their strong bodies and confident attitude, Am Staffs are loyal family dogs that want nothing more than to give (and receive) love and affection.

Why We Love the American Staffordshire Terrier Breed

  • American Staffordshire Terriers are outgoing and full of life! They thrive with active families.
  • Am Staffs live to please their pack leader. They are incredibly obedient.
  • Grooming that short coat is a breeze!
  • Am Staffs are people-oriented. They just want to be a part of your pack!

Things to Consider

  • While Am Staffs are people-lovers, some don’t do well with other animals. Early and frequent socialization is key for your American Staffordshire Terrier puppy.  
  • These dogs need a consistent pack leader (that’s you!). It’s how they understand their role in the family. An Am Staff’s pack leader should be firm, yet fair. 
  • Exercise is essential for the American Staffordshire Terrier breed. If an active lifestyle isn’t your thing, an Am Staff isn’t for you.

Why Rescue?

American Staffordshire Terriers are victims of horrible breeding practices. Overbreeding is partially responsible for the aggression that is sometimes seen in these otherwise lovable dogs. Plus, overbreeding exacerbates health issues in Am Staffs, such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, and thyroid problems. Far too many Am Staffs end up in shelters, mostly because of overbreeding and misconceptions about this wonderful breed. If you’re thinking about adopting an Am Staff, open your home to a rescue!

American Staffordshire Terrier Rescues

Whether you’re looking for an American Staffordshire Terrier puppy or an adult Am Staff pal, there are tons of these loveable dogs waiting to meet you! Here are just a few:

Bold, faithful & friendly
Avg. Weight
60 - 90 lbs
Avg. Life Span
10 - 12 years
American Staffordshire Terriers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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