American Staffordshire Terrier for Sale

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About American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire terrier is a dog breed with a long name that people often shorten to ‘AmStaff.' They are adorable, although some people might judge them as harsh and fierce. (Is it because of their looks?) If you are searching for an American Staffordshire terrier for sale near me, know that you are getting a loyal and trustworthy friend. We have a color and pattern variety here. As you learn about the dog from the content below, please peruse the ads above to see if there is an AmStaff breeder near you.

American Staffordshire Terrier Overview


Males (18-19 inches), Females (17-18 inches)


Males (55-70 pounds), Females (40-55 pounds)


Smooth and short

Coat Color

Color varieties include black, brown, white, liver, blue, red, and fawn. You may get bi-color combinations of these colors, including brindle and sable


Loyal, affectionate, courageous, jealous and protective

Litter Size

5-10 puppies


American Staffordshire terrier price ranges from $1500 to $3000 for a puppy. The average price is $2000


12-16 years



This is a dog that shares some characteristics and origin with the Staffordshire Bull terrier. The main difference here is that the AmStaff is taller than the Staffy (Bull terrier version), and it can also be relatively calm depending on the occasion. That makes the American Staffordshire terrier a better family dog. You can check the available American Staffordshire terrier puppies for sale near me from the ads at the top.


Around the 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain had a blood sports culture that involved the dogs. They were either fighting each other, or a pack was set loose against a bull or bear. The fearful game was, however, later outlawed and went underground. While it wasn't a lovely spectacle, the sports are responsible for bringing us dog breeds such as the American Staffordshire terrier and Bull terrier, among others.

From the looks, you can tell that their makeup came from the Bulldogs (the ferocious ones in those days). There are arguments as to which other breeds were involved in the AmStaff development. Better answers point to the extinct Black and Tan terrier and the White English terrier as being part of the mix. Regardless of the composition, the Brits were able to come up with a stocky built dog with the punishing jaws for the game. Around the mid-1800s, the Staffordshire terrier breed arrived in the US, and breeders got ahead by creating a more extensive version than what arrived.

The AKC later recognized and separated the two breeds. The English version became the Staffordshire bull terrier, while the American version became the American Staffordshire terrier. Today, we have the Amstaff that is friendlier compared to what was in the blood sports back in the day. It’s also the dog you see in the Horatio’s Drive documentary by Ken Burns, the Old Gang 1930 comedies, and on the Buster Brown shoe logo. The best this breed has presented is Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated war dog that participated in the World War I.

American Staffordshire Terrier Aliases

  • Stafford
  • AmStaff
  • Staffie
  • Staff
  • American Staffy

Similar Breeds to the American Staffordshire

The following dogs may have similar looks or characteristics as the American Staffordshire bull terrier.

There are also various American Staffordshire terrier mix breeds resulting from crossbreeding the AmStaff and other dog breeds. You can check all the available ads for these similar breeds in addition to the American Staffordshire terrier puppies for sale.


An American Staffordshire terrier is one of the most muscular dogs since it was made to fight in the pits back in the day. It still retains the body structure that gives it an agile, stocky, and muscular body combined with a broad, powerful head. The muzzle is medium-sized and rounded in such a way that it starts somewhere below the eyes. The eyes are far apart, dark, rounded and their place seems to be low down in the skull (as opposed to popping out).

There are American Staffordshire terrier dogs born with pink eyelids. AKC rules out such and considers that as a fault. These dogs have strong jaws, and the lips are close with no loose ends and dewlaps. The ears are at the top of the head, and they can be cropped or uncropped. The prior is preferable here, and they should also be short and half-pricked. The coat is somehow thick, but the hair is short and smooth. There are many color variations for this dog, but nothing should surpass 80% white on the whole body. Most people have and search for brindle American Staffordshire terrier and the American Staffordshire terrier blue color versions.

Other colors include black, red, fawn, brown, and sable, and there are bi-color and tri-color combinations for that. The tail is short (and un-docked), and it tapers towards the end. The AKC recognizes this dog as the American Staffordshire terrier, while the UKC classifies it as the American Pit Bull terrier. There is always the American Staffordshire terrier vs Pitbull comparison since the two breeds look similar. The main difference is that the American Pit Bull terrier is smaller than the AmStaff.

American Staffordshire Terrier Temperament

It may look like a bulldozer, but the American Staffordshire terrier is a known family dog that will want to be with you at all times. As long as there are humans around, the dog will play, engage in walks, or cuddle with you on the couch. They are more of guard dogs, too, so they will not entertain any intruders around. When they finally recognize the visitor, they have a fun way of warming up to them, but that will not start with licking.

How they become guard dogs is more of the looks than the aggressiveness. People are scared of the dog once they see it, and that means it may not necessarily do anything to keep your home safe. According to many owners, they say that this dog can be a good judge and know what your intention is before it acts. That is why they deserve the watchdog character. When they are bored, American Staffordshire terriers will dig, chew, bark, and pull. They are strong and athletic, and that is why they will pull you as you walk. They deserve experienced dog owners who are confident and can set the required boundaries.

In addition to that, you have to provide the needed mental and physical stimulation. While it’s friendly to people, it does not entertain the company of other dogs. That calls for proper socialization to curb the behavior. Otherwise, they are intelligent, eager to please you, and they perform well in training and sports. The best way to live with these dogs is to ensure they have an activity. You can live with the AmStaff in an apartment or a house with a yard, but ensure there is enough exercise for it.

American Staffordshire Terrier Care and Maintenance

Training and Exercise

Just like any other dog breed, you must train this dog for better behavior's sake. It’s a dangerous dog whose ancestors were fighting in the pits, so the best time to train is during the American Staffordshire puppy stage. It can, however, learn some good manners, and good ambassadors for this dog have actually proven that. That also means there are many misconceptions about the dog.

It's pretty intelligent, and that eases the training sessions for you, but they can also be stubborn when they feel like it. If you combine the urge to disturb you at times with the power and enthusiasm, training can be a challenging affair. The American Staffordshire terrier puppies should start with socialization and basic obedience. Positive reinforcements and staying consistent will also help here as the puppy grows up.

Remember that these are energized dogs that will require at least an hour of daily exercise. You could play fetch here, go for a walk, jog, and do other forms of active play. If you can engage the dog in some sports, that’s the best physical and mental stimulation for the dog. The best time to exercise this dog is early morning hours and late in the afternoon. It’s not a good idea to subject to too much heat or cold since it does well in moderate temperatures.


This dog should have a highly nutritious and balanced diet meant for medium-to-large-sized breeds. It's also a carnivore that will enjoy meat once in a while. The recommended amount of meals is two per day. You can, however, discuss the best ways to feed the dog. Constantly monitor the weight as you feed it and how you treat it once in a while. Also, ensure it has access to clean water at all times.


The American Staffordshire terrier has a short, smooth, and stiff coat that sheds fairly. You should, however, expect heavier shedding twice a year. Brush the dog twice a week to capture the falling fur, and that also helps in keeping the coat shiny. Bathing can be done when needed or when you smell a stinky dog in your midst. The best part is that you will notice that odor a few times in a year. Other activities include brushing your teeth at least once a week and trimming those nails when they start scratching you when the dog hugs you. In general, this is a dog that requires low maintenance costs.

Health Issues

The life span of an American Staffordshire terrier ranges from 12 to 16 years. That's a reasonable amount of time to stay with a dog. While it's considered a healthy breed, here are a few health conditions that are associated with the dog.

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin allergies
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Spondylosis
  • Demodectic mange
  • Heart disease
  • Cerebellar ataxia

As you groom the dog, it's essential to check on any signs of infections or unhealthy behavior. Always report to the vet early to prevent dealing with deepened complications when the condition worsens. 

Is an American Staffordshire the Right Dog for You?

As you check if there are any American Staffordshire terrier puppies for sale near me in the ads above, here are some benefits and flaws about the dog.


  • It’s loyal
  • Social making it fit for family
  • Perfect watchdog


  • Its stubbornness and strength can make it difficult to train
  • It's jealous, especially of other pets

Where Can I Get an American Staffordshire Terrier?

We have the American Staffordshire terrier for sale ads here from various breeders. A puppy will cost you between $1,500 and $3,000. Full-grown American Staffies will cost you between $300 and $2,500. The American Staffordshire terrier price range depends on where you are getting the dog, the bloodline, availability, and information about the parents, among other factors. Our color varieties include red, brown, black, and blue American Staffordshire terrier puppies for sale near me. There are also bi-color combinations. Check to see the breeder within your location for a quick delivery.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is an American Staffordshire terrier and a Pitbull the same?

They have lots of similarities but they are different breeds. The main difference between the Staffies and the Pitbull is that the former is larger than the latter. American Staffordshire terrier breed is also heavier. There is, however, much confusion when there is an American Staffordshire terrier vs Pitbull debate due to similarities.  

2. Can Staffies eat raw meat?

Yes, these dogs can eat raw meat. It's, however, advisable not to give them the meat in a way that they will not know what to kill next time they need it. Having it cooked and following a vet's advice are some of the best approaches here.

3. Where can I get a good American Staffordshire terrier puppy?

You can get healthy American Staffordshire terrier pups for sale from our recommendable breeders. The price range is between $1,500 and $3,000. Check the ads at the top to spot a breeder within your location. There are also rescue centers and puppy mills where you can get one but ensure that the dog you get is healthy.

4. What is the lifespan of an American Staffordshire terrier?

An American Staffordshire terrier's life span ranges from 12 to 16 years.

5. Are American Staffordshire terrier dogs suitable for a family? 

Yes, they suit family life if they are well-trained and socialized. Please note that they are also protective, and your children need to be taught better interaction with the dog.


An American Staffordshire terrier is a large dog breed that suits family life if it's well-trained and socialized. Have you owned an active dog before and can handle this type and exercise it properly? Then check the American Staffordshire bull terrier for sale offers on our ads at the top. As you get to know each other, the dog will become your protector, friend, and the best pet to have fun with during leisure. Family and friends will also appreciate what you have once they realize how warm this dog can be once it knows people.