The American Staffordshire Terrier appearance is aggressive in appearance. Its average height is from 16 to 19 inches for both bitches and males. The weight for both bitches and males range from 57 to 67 pounds. The body of the American Staffordshire Terrier has a long and strong appearance which gives the dog an air of strength. The breed even though large is very agile and sleek. The American Staffordshire Terrier has a thick neck and broad chest and shoulder area. It has a large skull and very large cheeks and extremely strong jaw muscles. The ears are half pointed and have a floppy tip. The coat of the dog is cropped short and is shiny. It is common in a variety of colors, and consists of white, black and brown. The nose is more often than not black.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very outgoing and is very friendly and loyal to its owners. The dog originated as a farm dog, a hunter and a companion. The dogs are good around children and other animals such as cows. The dogs have gained a negative reputation with society as they have been mistreated and used in dog fights. This practice of using the dogs for dog fight and aggressive protection has given the entire breed a bad name and shown just how aggressive they can become. Because of this they can be mean and unpredictable.
American Staffordshire Terriers have gained the nick name Pitt Bull and have been used by families wanting protection. Although the dogs are often feared and in some communities even banned they are very friendly if in loving and considerate homes. It needs to be said that it is the owner who affects the temperament of the dog the most and it is more nurture than nature. These dogs are not prone to protection and often do not bark when a bark would be desired as in toward strangers. The dogs often exhibit no aggressive behavior and a sense of no fear. This is a good sign that the dog is on the right track.
American Staffordshire Terriers have the highest responses in training and learn rather quickly. This makes it not an ideal pet for every person as it requires strict attention and care to details in the training process. The American Staffordshire Terrier is very loyal and will lay down its life in a time of need if the situation presents itself.