American Bully Association

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American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordhire Terrier is in fact 100% genetically the same as the American Pit Bull Terrier.


This breed was originally developed by the American Kennel Club in 1936 in order to have a show counterpart to the working American Pit Bull Terrier. The breed was developed from pure Pit Bull stock and thus is no different other than the more limited traits by which those stock were first chosen. Some registries that do not accept the American Staffordshire Terrier and will cross register it as a Pit Bull and vice versa.


Because the traits are more limited however with the American Staffordshire Terrier many registries that recognize it will not cross register many Pit Bulls under their Am Staff breed category.


The primary differences between the American Staffordshire and American Pit Bull Terrier are mainly aesthetic in nature as the Am Staff has been bred primarily to be a show counterpart.


Due to the nature of the show ring certain traits for the Am Staff have become desired over that of the standard Pit Bull by owners who like to place their focus on this breed.


As the show counterpart to the Pit Bull the American Staffordshire Terrier traits are more narrowed and should be as follows.



Brick or wedge shaped.



Square and even without pronounced over or under-bite.



Cropped or uncropped set relatively high on head.



Dark. While this does not preclude Merle it does limit the Merle influence.






Deep but not too broad as such can offset balance and dexterity.



Lever shaped. Should not be docked.



Relatively large but not too long or too short. Should promote a gait while walking not subject to roll or waddle. Walk should appear natural without effort.





Muscle Structure

Because form has been preferred over function less muscle mass may be present than that of the standard Pit Bull.



Should be held proportional to body size ranging from 30-70lbs



ANY color or combination is acceptable other than all white. Blank and Tan, liver and Merle are also discouraged and will often cause failure to place at shows with many registries.