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American Staffordshire Terrier vs. American Pitbull Terrier: What’s The Difference?

Considering the American Staffordshire Terrier vs. the American Pitbull Terrier for your next canine companion? Both breeds have a similar past but have some differences that make them unique. Find out how these two pups are different and similar!

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Last Updated: August 31, 2021 | 9 min read

American Staffordshire Terrier vs. American Pit Bull Terrier

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The American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier, are both considered Pitbull type dogs, or “bully breeds.” As such, you’ll soon learn that there are a number of similarities between them. American Staffordshire Terriers are slightly shorter but much stockier in weight. American Pitbull Terriers are more athletic in appearance.

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Both breeds are equally striking in their looks. Some may say that they have an intimidating appearance. But despite this, both breeds are big softies at heart. They are so similar that many people believe that they are the same breed (they aren’t).  Both dogs are actually often compared to the American Bulldog as well.

For the purpose of this article, the American Staffordshire Terrier will be referred to as Am Staffs, and the American Pitbull Terrier will be referred to as the Pitbull. So, without any further hesitation, let’s compare the two pups and get into all the bully breed details!

Breed Comparison

American Staffordshire Terrier

  • Height 17-19 Inches
  • Weight 40-70 Pounds
  • Temperament Confident, Smart, Good Natured
  • Energy Intense
  • Health Above Average
  • Grooming Weekly
  • Lifespan 12-16 Years
  • Price $1,000+

American Pitbull Terrier

  • Height 17-20 Inches
  • Weight 35-70 Pounds
  • Temperament Affectionate, Energetic, Loyal
  • Energy Intense
  • Health Above Average
  • Grooming Weekly
  • Lifespan 12-16 Years
  • Price $1,000+

Breed History

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Both dogs come from similar origins and were bred for similar purposes.

The word ‘Terrier’ derives from the Latin word, ‘terra’, meaning earth. All Terrier dogs were created to go into the ground and hunt vermin. They were bred to scare them out of their burrows for their master to cull, or to do the deed himself. For this reason, they were typically small.

However, in the 19th Century, Terriers, for their agility, were mixed with Bulldogs, for their muscle. This was purposeful, in order to create larger and more powerful dogs. These dogs were then used for dog fighting and bull baiting. In 1835 dog fighting was banned in England. Immigrants who wanted to continue in the cruel sport took off to America and continued to fight them.

American dog fighters wanted to breed even bigger and more powerful versions of the fighting dogs from England. As a result, the Am Staff and the Pitbull were born. It is their fighting history that has unfairly earned them their vicious label.

The Pitbull was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) as their first dog in 1898. The UKC will allow Am Staffs to be registered as American Pitbull Terriers. However, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes the Am Staff, but they will not recognize the Pitbull.

The Am Staff was originally called the Staffordshire Terrier. But the name being too similar to his cousin across the pond, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was changed in 1972 to American Staffordshire Terrier. The Pitbull, being the most closely linked to their shared fighting history, also had his name changed in 1996 and 2004, to ‘St Francis Terriers’ and ‘New Yorkies’ in the hope that his past would no longer be associated with him. There was also hope that more people would adopt him, but this was soon dropped after much criticism.

The multitude of name changes, and politics amongst kennel clubs in their registration rules, has created much confusion in the canine world between these two breeds. And while some believe that they are the same breed due to their almost identical appearance, with the Am Staff just being the chunkier brother and the Pitbull the more athletic sibling, the mainstream opinion is that they are separate breeds.

Appearance

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It’s easy to understand why these dogs are often confused for one another.

The Am Staff and the Pitbull are very similar in their appearance. They are both impressive-looking canines who are both considered to be medium-sized dogs. The Pitbull is slightly taller measuring 17 to 21 inches in height, measured from paw to shoulder. The Am Staff is shorter at 17 to 19 inches in height.

Pitbulls also weigh less, at 30 to 65 pounds. The Am Staff weighs anywhere between 40 and 70 pounds. The Pitbull is taller and more slender, whereas the Am Staff is shorter and more stocky.  They are both often mistaken for other pitbull mixes, or American Bullies which also look similar.

They are both well-balanced dogs, and with the large square heads and muzzles, and their defined muscles, in the Am Staff more so, they have a combination that gives them their powerful appearance. It is also common for them both to have their ears cropped, again, this adds to their mean exterior. If they aren’t cropped, their ears are normally either rose-shaped or half pricked.

Both the Am Staff and the Pitbull are available in a variety of colors. Generally, kennel clubs will not accept black and tan or liver in the Am Staff, and white that covers 80% or more of his body is not encouraged, and merle is not accepted.

The Pitbull is welcome to be any color except merle.  The red nose variant is the second rarest color, followed by the blue nose.  The merle gene has recently made its way into the gene pool from out breeding, and so despite the increase in popularity, this is not a traditional color in either breed.

It is also common for them both to have different color patches across their body. Of course, neither of these dogs are accepted if they are albino. Their coats are both short, smooth, and shiny. This tight coat enhances their muscular frame. For further information on their appearance, the AKC provides the full Am Staff breed standards, and the UKC provides the full Pitbull breed standards.

Temperament

Black and Blue Bully Dogs
Both dogs are very similar when it comes to their temperament.

The most common question asked by those who don’t know either breed is ‘are they vicious?’. The answer is no, they are not inherently vicious. As the famous saying goes, a dog is just as good as its owner. In reality, the Am Staff and the Pitbull are no more vicious than a Chihuahua. It is entirely dependent on their upbringing and their owners.

The American Temperament Test Society conducts temperament tests every year with a vast variety of dogs. The latest results show that 86% of Am Staff’s passed the temperament test. 87% of Pitbulls also passed. With the samples being 743 and 931 respectively, no one can argue that the samples weren’t large enough to be conclusive. If this is compared to another well-known dog, the Collie, whose sample was 896, only 81% of them passed the temperament test.

Because these pups are often in the news for aggression-related issues, they are often compared to other dogs that pop up in the news for similar negative headlines.  The Pitbull is often compared to the Rottweiler and compared to other Molosser dogs like the Presa Canario, even though there’s little similarity in their appearance, only in temperament.

Both breeds are very sociable and happy-go-lucky canines who adore their master and their family. They also both have a soft spot for children. This is how they inherited the name ‘nanny dog’. While we would never suggest leaving a dog alone with a child, this is one of the many reasons they make such a great family pet. They love to have a good romp around in the garden and play interactive games, so both of these pups will provide you with hours of bouncy entertainment.

The general consensus is that neither the Am Staff nor the Pitbull extends their sociability towards other animals. While they are gentle with humans, they can exhibit fear aggression towards other animals who they see as a threat to them or their family.

Of course, this is not the same for every Am Staff or Pitbull, but this is a generalization and is something that you need to consider if you are a multi-pet household, or if you are walking your pup in public. For this reason, neither of the breeds are suitable for a novice owner, but ultimately training and the owners are equally responsible for this behavior.

If you don’t own or know an Am Staff or a Pitbull, then a great way to see them in action is on Instagram. Wesley is a Pitbull who has over 97K followers who have joined him on his journey, from being homeless to tackling his stranger fear aggression, to being a snuggle bug with his family and other dog friends. Nala is an Am Staff who also shares her doggy life, and she is equally as cute!

Exercise

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Both Dogs have very similar exercise needs.

Both the Am Staff and the Pitbull are similar in their exercise needs. They are both high-energy dogs who require up to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Being the more athletic version, the Pitbull would enjoy slightly more exercise. Am Staffs are more partial to an afternoon nap.

However, they both have a lot of energy that needs to be expelled. The best way to do this with these breeds is to play interactive games with them such as fetch or agility courses. Although they are only medium energy dogs, they require a lot of mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and destructive.

Training

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When it comes to training, both dogs are equally intelligent and easy to train.

Again, the Am Staff and the Pitbull are almost identical here. They need early socialization to avoid any guarding tendencies, and to minimize fear aggression with other dogs or animals. Many owners say that their Am Staff and Pitbull are great with other dogs in the local dog park, but this is entirely down to their training.

You cannot skip out on training if you want a well-mannered pup. Luckily, they are very intelligent, and combining this with their love for snacks, makes them very trainable. We recommend training with a harness from a very young age. Any pitbull-sized harness will work, and this should be done after their first round of shots to discourage any potential leash aggression.

Health

Healthy Bully Breed Dogs
Both dogs have longer lifespans with minimal health issues.

Both the Am Staff and the Pitbull are healthy pups, they have the same lifespan of 12 – 16 years. They are both prone to Elbow and Hip Dysplasia, which is similar to most breeds in later life.

The Pitbull is more likely to develop Cerebellar Abiotrophy, which is where the part of the brain that controls balance and coordination is damaged, and therefore he can struggle with his mobility. This is something that generally appears in later life. The Am Staff is also known to suffer from cardiac issues in later life more so than the Pitbull.

Many Terrier dogs are also known to inherit skin allergies, and although this is something that they may experience throughout their lifetime, it is something that can easily be managed with medication and nutrition. If in any doubt, be sure to speak to your Veterinarian.

Nutrition

Staffy and Pit Waiting For Food
Both dogs should be fed high-quality kibble to promote skin, coat, and joint health.

They will both eat around 2 ½ cups of food a day, although some dogs will need more depending on their activity levels. Both breeds should be eating food that’s recommended for Pitbulls or bull terrier breeds.

Skin and coat health is important, so both will do best on a food that’s fortified with omega fatty acids. Depending on how active your dog is, you may need to find a formula specifically made for sporting breeds, which has a higher calorie count and supports muscle growth. It’s worth noting that both breeds can have sensitive stomachs. This means you may also consider a limited ingredient dog food, with or without grain.

For dogs that have shown an allergy to poultry, consider formulas that contain alternate protein sources. Overall, nutrition quality will impact the overall health and lifespan of both the Amstaff and the Pitbull. It’s always recommended to spend more for a higher quality dog food if your budget allows for it.

Grooming

Bully Dogs Getting Bathed
Both dogs have very similar shedding habits and grooming needs.

These dogs are exceptionally easy when it comes to grooming compared to the average pup. A bath once every two months or so will be adequate, and a brush once a week will keep them looking shiny and healthy. Other general grooming tasks such as teeth brushing and ear cleaning are the same as any other medium-sized pups.

Both breeds are fairly light shedders. Amstaffs and Pitbulls are single coated dogs, meaning their shedding will be pretty stable all year. You won’t need to worry about an undercoat rake due to the length of their hair. While they aren’t considered hypoallergenic, they both shed less than other double-coated dog breeds.

Puppy Prices

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Expect to pay about $1,000 and up for a puppy from a reputable breeder.

Both the Am Staff and the Pitbull, from a reputable breeder, will cost on average $1,000 and up. If you are after a pup from a particular bloodline, then puppy costs will be significantly more expensive.

It is important to research reputable breeders when it comes to getting either of these breeds. Reputable breeders will only breed dogs who are gentle and friendly. If any of their pups show aggression, they will not be bred. If you buy your pup from anywhere else, then you are risking that he has either been bred from active fighting dogs or worse, is violent himself. A reputable breeder will not sell a vicious dog. Puppy mills will do whatever they can to make a quick buck.

Alternatively, there are hundreds of thousands of these dogs in rescue shelters across America. With over 93% of Pitbull-type dogs in shelters being euthanized, rescuing is something that you should consider. Of course, you may not know his history if you adopt. But, as long as you are a firm dog owner, this is something that you can overcome together.

Final Thoughts

The Am Staff and the Pitbull have shared the same hardships when it comes to their reputation, however, when you educate yourself or get to know either breed, you will quickly learn that their fierce reputation is unjust.

Ultimately, they are almost identical, so for most prospective owners about to choose either breed, it really comes down to their slightly differing appearance. Either way, they are both sweet souls who have a lot of love to give!

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50 Comments

Gena Jennings

August 26, 2021 at 7:41 pm

Great article explaining the breeds. I just lost my 19 to rescue dog, with me since about 10 weeks. I do DNA on all my rescues and Tucker had a variety but his Amstaff genes were prominent. When he passed I adopted a puppy to keep my rescued full blood border collie, River, busy and off the 18 and 12 to lifetime rescues. Cantu's results just came in as 62.5% Aussie but 37.5% AmStaff. Going back 3 generations all the dogs were AmStaff, Aussie or a combo. I'm really excited because after working side by side with several vets, helping at shelters and being a rescue rehabber of domestic, exotic and wildlife, I can say pits and staffys love with the best of em and are as reactive e.t.c as they have been taught. Thank you for presenting them in the light they deserve.

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Michelle Schenker

August 30, 2021 at 11:23 am

Glad you have experienced such wonderful pitty dogs.

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Dawn N Brandon

August 11, 2021 at 12:56 pm

Thank you for such a well-written article! We are rescue lovers and in 2001, rescued our first Pittie. We loved him to death along with our other rescue, a Finnish Spitz. Sadly, they've been gone a few years. Enter my daughter's a Pittie. We have enjoyed babysitting her every day until COVID when everyone stayed home. So, being sad and lonely, well headed to the shelter again and came home with a senior girl. The most beautiful Staffie ever! Perfect old girl for us!

She is other-dog-reactive, as is my grand doggie, and getting the two old girls together is proving to be quite the challenge! Nevertheless, she is an amazing dog! Not active this one, however, the shelter did determine shed been hit by a car on her travels. She's out forever baby and fits so much of this article! Thank you!

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Kelly Wilson

August 15, 2021 at 6:22 pm

Hi Dawn, thanks for the comment, and glad you found the article useful! Sounds like a great pup!

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Erin

August 4, 2021 at 5:01 am

Very good read. Very informative.

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Kelly Wilson

August 4, 2021 at 11:09 pm

Thanks, Erin! Glad you found it informative. Appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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Cath Eaton

August 1, 2021 at 9:59 pm

Couldn't agree more!! I rescued my Staffy from an owner who cared more about drugs than his dog. He came to us with health n skin problems,terrible separation anxiety. What a boy he's become now!! So intelligent,kind and understands everything... Please adopt a Staffy or Pitbull, they'll love you forever

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Kelly Wilson

August 3, 2021 at 2:56 am

Thanks for commenting, and thanks for rescuing Cath! Sounds like you have a wonderful pup!

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Karen Hall

July 31, 2021 at 10:00 pm

Thank you so much for this well-written, informative article. We rescued a 12-15-month-old Amstaff from a kill shelter about 10 weeks ago. Could not love this big, bouncy bundle of fun anymore than we do already!

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Kelly Wilson

August 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

Thanks for taking the time to stop by to both comment and share Karen! Glad you found the article valuable!

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Sher

July 30, 2021 at 12:14 am

I have been around dogs my whole life. I was terrified of pit bulls. Jack acquired his new family through my daughter finding him running near the highway. He was chipped but no one claimed him after 6 weeks. So I had her bring him to me. I finally was able to track down the rescue. We were ready to take him but that little lover stole our hearts.

He was full-grown but not quite a year old. We asked to keep him for we were so worried about him getting abused or mistreated because of looking like a pit bull. I think he is some type of bull terrier. He is the smartest, friendly, silly, and most loving dog. I cannot imagine life without him. He does well with my Yorkies 12 and 14. They aren’t as fond of his bouncy happy personality. Keep educating people about how wonderful these dogs are.

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Kelly Wilson

July 30, 2021 at 10:51 pm

Sounds like a wonderful dog, Sher! Thank you for commenting!

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Terry Cunningham

July 3, 2021 at 4:59 pm

We are on our second rescue, both have been (for want of a better word) pitties, with no real way of knowing whether they are pit bulls or am staffs or some mix. But they share some common traits. Both are lovable, goofy, couch potatoes who appear to expend energy in spurts then are quite content to chill out for a while.

Both required obedience and socialization training, firm boundaries, activities to engage them, and both needed to be prevented from getting over-stimulated. I don't believe they are for everyone, they need a dedicated owner, but also I think they are perhaps the most rewarding breeds we have.

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Kelly Wilson

July 6, 2021 at 1:24 am

Sounds like you've had some amazing dogs, Terry! Thanks for stopping by to share your experience!

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Natalie Maslo

July 1, 2021 at 3:13 am

I agree with the other comment. This was well written! Thank you. The way you explained and broke it down is easy to understand. And the fact that you said their reputation is unjust and pretty much they are the sweetest and most loving dog will hopefully change the minds of some people. I'm in search for a home to rent and it is just so tough with these breeds. However I'm not giving up my Granddog. Haha. This is a very well written article.

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Kelly Wilson

July 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm

Thank you for the kind words, Natalie! Glad you found the article useful!

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David of Piacente

June 21, 2021 at 5:56 pm

Great article! Have owned a Pitbull mix and now own an Am Staff mix. Both dogs were rescued and the Pitty lived a long happy life. We have two rescues now, a Doberman-greyhound mix and the Am Staff mix. They get along great and exercise each other in our large fenced backyard (with supervision by dad).

The Am Staff does have some fear aggression with other dogs and strangers. We are working on that but since we got her at 6 months old it is taking some time. Other than that she is a very loving pup.

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Kelly Wilson

June 21, 2021 at 6:21 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience, David! Sounds like you have had some great dogs. All pups have different experiences, so I'm glad you are taking your time with your Am Staff. Appreciate the comment!

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Tommy Sassano

June 20, 2021 at 3:24 am

I got my Am Staff back in December from a shelter and at first, I really didn't want to get her because of the reputation but got her anyways and she has become one of the best things I've ever done, I absolutely love my Maggie!

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Kelly Wilson

June 21, 2021 at 5:57 pm

Sounds like you made the right choice and got a great dog, Tommy! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

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Diane Ault

June 19, 2021 at 3:08 pm

I have one of each and to be honest, they truly are the best, most loyal, and loving dogs. Very protective of their family, but when I open the door and welcome someone in, I tell them to "make friends". Which in turn, they do.

And the visitor's sole purpose for being here is them! Lol! I am hoping to squash other people's misconceptions about the breeds.

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Kelly Wilson

June 19, 2021 at 5:50 pm

Thanks for the comment, Diane! Sounds like you have some amazing pups! We appreciate you sharing your experience with the breeds!

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June

June 13, 2021 at 8:29 am

I have an Amstaff. She is two years old and loves children, people, and motorcycles. She came to me from an animal care organization. She is so friendly and gets so many compliments when I walk her. I allow people to pet her when they ask because I want to educate people. They need to know how loveable Amstaffs are.

Mine is carmel and white. She thinks she is a big cat, quick to give a kiss, shake a paw and greet everyone. She is extremely intelligent and not a barker. However and it saddens me she has such disdain for other four-legged animals. I don’t think she was socialized as a puppy.

I adopted her when she was a year old. She constantly reminds me that she is a member of my family as she follows me closer than my shadow and gets herself involved in everything I do on a daily basis.

That includes putting away the groceries, vacuuming the floor, making the bed, and even tries to sniff the dishes being unloaded from the dishwasher from afar since I don’t allow her in the kitchen. She’s a handful but I love her dearly. Wouldn’t know what to do without her.

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Kelly Wilson

June 14, 2021 at 2:51 pm

Thank you for the comment June! Sounds like you have a wonderful pup! I would definitely recommend investing in a trainer locally because it's never too late to work on socialization with other four-legged companions! Best of luck with your pup!

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Sarah

June 3, 2021 at 5:21 pm

Excellently written article! I've a Staffy/Pit mix. It's been 25+yrs since I've had a big dog & never one who lived inside...until last February that is. I'd told folks for a cpl yrs the next dog I wanted was one I could leave outside during the day & in at night. My husband works out of town sometimes.

Kitty(my hubs named him) came to me in a basket w/his 6 siblings. I was given pick of the litter! These were rescue puppies on their way to a No Kill Shelter. Our vet says his color is Champagne...he has a bit of a white patch on his chest.

I've had small breed terriers & Kitty surpasses them in intelligence, loyalty, & all the rest of the awesomeness that go w/both breeds. I've spent the past yr training him. He catches on quickly.

I do have one question, though. How do you break them of jumping & using their paws as claws when they jump??? He's gotten better but, we still aren't there yet. Any feedback is welcome.

Again, thank you for an interesting & true article.

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Kelly Wilson

June 4, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for your comments Sarah! Sounds like you have an amazing pup, and tell your husband that I love the name! To answer your question about jumping, it's definitely a hard habit to break once it's established. The best thing to do is to not reward the behavior with attention in any fashion. In an excitable situation, you can also practice sitting and staying, and reward with a high-value treat.

Our current dog was a notorious jumper and we trained her through repeated correction, and rewarding the behavior we wanted. We also would immediately ignore her if we saw her getting excited and about to jump. She rarely jumps now. As always, we recommend getting a trainer locally if the problem persists. Good luck with your pup, and thanks for the comment!

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David

May 30, 2021 at 2:30 pm

We own both and they both think they are lapdogs. Both of them are rescues. Two of the best dogs I have ever lived with!

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Kelly Wilson

June 1, 2021 at 7:27 pm

Sounds like you have two amazing pups, David! Thanks for commenting!

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Anna

May 5, 2021 at 4:16 pm

Finally a *mostly* correct article! Very well written. I do think Amstaffs weigh more than 70 pounds. Maybe up to 80. I have a purebred Amstaff and he is on the smaller side (according to my vet) at 63 pounds. In addition, he may just be an exception but he is not high energy. He is low-medium energy but most others I met are medium energy! For those of you wondering, he is also very good with other dogs, children, strangers, and animals.

He currently lives with a cat and 4 dogs ranging from small to medium size. I recommend an Amstaff to anyone looking for an intimidating-looking dog to scare off potential intruders but at the same time wants a dog who is actually a big softie and who loves to cuddle and sleep!

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Kelly Wilson

May 11, 2021 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for the comment, Anna! The content in this comparison is just a guide. All dogs are different, and we know that dogs from these genetic lines can vary in both size and weight, but usually, they fall into these ranges. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with the breed!

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Erica Cordova

April 24, 2021 at 1:16 pm

I have an 8 week old Amer. Staffy and a 9month old America mixed Pitt bull terrier. How should I properly introduce them? They both wag their tails when separated but haven’t officially been released with each other. It has only been one day.

I have our staffy dog in a kennel where our Pitt can smell and he occasionally barks at him and circles about 76 thousand times a day, but he’s always wagging his tail and our staffy just wants to play? Any advice on what I should do next? Our 8-week old staffy was a foster dog and needed a home and our Pitt has come to our family 3 months ago.

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Kelly Wilson

April 25, 2021 at 3:16 pm

Hi, Erica! Slow introductions are always best. We just welcomed a new rescue dog home about 6 months ago. We kept them in separate rooms for two days and would bring the dogs near the closed door to sniff each other at first. We also would take blankets from their crates where they slept and exchanged them each night. This way the dog's scent started to become familiar.

Our last step was a slow introduction outdoors. I had our rescue, and my Husband introduced our other two dogs to the rescue, one at a time. We had them on leash, and we walked them around our backyard (leashed walks are great for bonding).

All of our dogs are easy-going, though. Every dog is different and if either one of your pups have any fear-based tendencies, it will need to be done with more caution. I would highly recommend you consult a local trainer in your area if you don't have any experience introducing two new dogs to each other. Good luck!

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Julia

March 24, 2021 at 3:11 pm

We adopted an Am Staff from Haven Humane, and he is very large 115 lbs. I don't understand why he is. So big. Is that normal for some breeds

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Kelly Wilson

March 24, 2021 at 4:29 pm

Hi Julia, yeah, that seems big for a Staffy. Have you had a DNA test done? We've used Embark twice, and both times it was spot on with analyzing our breed. I'd recommend looking into that if you haven't yet.

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Scott Kessinger

March 6, 2021 at 8:43 pm

Am Staffs are excellent dogs. We got ours when she was 8 weeks old, and she has grown into an affectionate, loving and loyal dog. She really loves children, and gets along very well with cats. I have always had Black Labs before we got our Staffy, but this is the sweetest dog that I have ever had.

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Kelly Wilson

March 8, 2021 at 3:17 pm

Hi Scott! We love the Staffies! Thanks for stopping by to share your experience with our readers!

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Alois Weidemann

February 24, 2021 at 9:03 am

I am 76 years old and I am worried that I won't be able to give either one of those breeds enough exercise. Live in Ottawa, and often in Winter Time the sidewalks a slippery and the streets have lots of salt. Thanks for the description of both breeds.

By the way, this wouldn't be the first dog I/we had. Starting from a Golden Retriever, to a Yorkshire Terrier, to a 1-year old Doberman (which I hit it really off perfectly, even though someone else trained it. Then came a Bouvier de Flandre, which I never could train to walk on a leash nice beside me. Otherwise, he was perfect. Got a harness and he pulled me around in the snow. Goes without saying that he liked it.

Then came a German Shepherd also about 1-year old, he was too inventive and investigative for us, Training didn't go to well. We found an excellent home for him with a big area to run wild. The last dog was a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix, found out later (got him from SPCA) that he had run away from the original owner 3 times. He was very protective, which I didn't mind.

After a daily outing for about 45 minutes, came home rested for 1 hour or so, and was ready to go out again. This was too much for me. Liked to jump and roll in any puddle or wet mud couldn't change this habit. Was also already 1 year approximately old. So that's why I asked how much exercise those 2 breeds need.

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Kelly Wilson

February 24, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Hi Alois, Yes - both of these breeds will require a good amount of exercise. Both of these breeds will need a little more exercise than your Golden you have experience with. Sounds like you may want to consider another breed that has a lower exercise requirement. Good luck in your search!

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Alison Anderson

February 20, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Thanks for this all-encompassing article. It's so sad the bully breeds are unfairly targeted because some evil dogfighters train some of them to be vicious. I hope as people learn more and see them in the community, they'll become accepted and valued for the wonderful dogs they are.

I acquired a 3 yr old mixed Pitbull (69%) AmStaff (19%) (12% other) at the shelter last August. I've lived with dogs all my 59 years. Patch is one of the smartest dogs I've ever had. He's in training to be my ADA service dog and is advancing at a rapid pace.

He IS very energetic and loves to race around my 1-acre lot, play fetch several times a day, and loves swimming. He's always creating fun and games to entertain me. He had very good early training and is well socialized with other dogs and people. I really hit the jackpot with this incredible dog.

I've read that Pitbulls are euthanized more than any other breed. That's such a shame. My local shelter has a no-kill policy (YAY). There were many pitties in there waiting on forever homes. My guy had been in there over a month. I hope articles like yours will educate and encourage people to adopt this amazing dog breed.

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Kelly Wilson

February 22, 2021 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for the comment, Alison! Sounds like you really lucked out with Patch, who sounds like an AMAZING pup! Appreciate you stopping by to share your experience with our readers!

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Cassie Temple

February 10, 2021 at 11:06 pm

I adopted a dog from a foster family and was told that he was a beagle terrier mix. He is now 3 years old and my baby. He is great with kids, our cat, and most dogs at the dog park.

He tends to be people skittish though (his young mom was the same way) but he has never bitten anyone. I am not sure how to train him to not be afraid of strangers, but I also don't want him to be too friendly with them. he has a similar personality as a boxer.

I am also not sure if he is a Staffie or Pit-mix. He looks like both and also a larger Jack Russell terrier with a curled tail (think Wishbone).

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Kelly Wilson

February 11, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Hi Cassie! Thanks for stopping by to comment. Any dog that's been rescued may have some baggage. Depending on how long you've owned him, it may take time for him to settle into his new environment. If you've owned him for most of his 3 years, then socialization becomes a bit more difficult. But it takes consistent exposure and hard work to properly socialize and teach him that people can be trusted again.

Some dogs do tend to bond to one person, and if there's been abuse in the past, he may always be wary of other people. I would be patient and consistent with him and introduce him to new people on his own turf where he's more likely to feel comfortable. I would also recommend you consult with a professional dog trainer in your area locally. Even a few sessions might allow a trainer to see and properly diagnose any behavioral issues that need addressing. Good luck with your pup!

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Quinn Kerry-Rockov

February 7, 2021 at 4:20 am

Nice article! I have an Amstaff and she’s amazing! The short stocky body and a slight difference in head shape usually showcase the difference between the two from my experience. Another big giveaway is Staffies will almost always have a black nose.

Pitbulls can have any color nose, but you can usually tell the difference between a pitbull having a more athletic body versus the Staffie's bulky muscular body. Also the Staffie's tail is thick at the base and tapers to a point with a length that is in proportion to the body size.

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Kelly Wilson

February 8, 2021 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for the comment, Quinn! All very good points. Glad you enjoyed the read, we know that these two pups are consistently mistaken for one another, which is why we wanted to clear up the difference between the two dogs. Appreciate you taking the time to share your experience!

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Marc Olsen

February 4, 2021 at 2:59 am

Thanks so much for putting this together, we are considering a Staffordshire for our family (young kids) and this helps quite a bit. One question: in the pictures, its not clear to me which is which of the two breeds. Is the Staffordshire on the left in all of the pics or is it more randomized? Maybe I missed the caption header. Thanks again!!!

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Kelly Wilson

February 4, 2021 at 3:08 am

Hi Mark! You are welcome! On all our breed comparisons, we try to match the breed according to the order of the article title. So in this article, Staffies are on the left, and Pitties on the right. Good luck with your puppy search!

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Paola

January 9, 2021 at 8:38 pm

Great article, I'm looking to buy a bully for my girls and was so hesitant about that decision, after reading this article I think the Staffy would be the right fit for our family. Thank you so much.

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Kelly Wilson

January 11, 2021 at 9:22 pm

No problem Paola! Just make sure you can commit to training a headstrong breed, as well as their high energy requirements, and you should be in good shape! Good luck!

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Danae Murray

January 8, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Thank you so much for such a well written and thought out article. As a mom of both breeds, it is nice to find an article that educates and also clarifies the unfair reputation they receive. Great read!

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Kelly Wilson

January 9, 2021 at 6:36 am

Thank you for the comment Danae! Appreciate your feedback, and thanks for being a dog mom!

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