The American Staffordshire was a mixed breed dog, that was originally from England. In the late 1800’s, the breed came over to the United States, where it became known as a vicious dog fighter and bull baiter.
Most canine historians aren’t quite sure what Terrier mix was used along with the English Bulldog to produce the American Staffordshire, but they suspect white English Terrier and the Fox Terrier as part of the dog’s background.
Throughout the breed’s early 1900’s run in the U.S. the AmStaff gained a reputation for being aggressive, rugged, and yet docile. It was in 1936, the dog was selected into the renowned American Kennel Club stud book registry. Now, registered as a purebred dog, the Amstaff is ranked as one the most popular dogs today.
Throughout its vicious and brutal history of fighting before tighter restrictions were put into place by many state governments, the American Staffordshire Terrier really grew on dog handlers because of its ferocity against threats. This breed has proved itself with magnificent strength to protect his family, his property, and his master whenever needed. This is why the dog is so often associated as a loyal companion. This made the breed ideal as a farming dog for its effective and intensive baiting practices.
In 1972, the AmStaff received a makeover being named by the AKC as the American Staffordshire Terrier.
You may find other mixed breeds of the American Staffordshire Terrier such as the Bullboxer Staff. This AmStaff Terrier mix looks more like a Bulldog but has the muscularity of a Terrier.
Another AmStaff mix is the Old Staff Bulldog. It shares both characteristics of the Amstaff Terrier and the Old English Bulldog.
Today, thanks to dog fighting laws in the U.S. the AmSaff is a loyal and loving companion, that has found popularity amongst families with younger children.