STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER vs AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER vs AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

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Let's talk about the history and the basic differences between the Staffy and AMStaffy. The

English Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally bred in England and very commonly used by

the lower class for blood sports. After the United Kingdom banned dogfighting in 1835 the

breed started to find new life as canine companions. The breed was taken to America where

their lines split and a new breed was developed.

The American Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the descendent of the original English Staffy, but

is typically 4-5” taller and 20 plus pounds heavier than their English counterparts. The

American Staffy has a longer face and muzzle compared to the English Staffy which has a

shorter and flatter face.

One note before we get started because there is always some confusion around the

difference between the AM Staff and Pit Bulls...

The American Staffordshire Bull Terrier is extremely similar to the American Pit Bull Terrier

and other than in very high competition areas, many consider them to essentially be the

same breed even though they are registered as two distinct breed by the Continental Kennel

Club and United Kennel Club. The American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize the American

Pit Bull Terrier as a registered breed but includes the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The English Staffy has a reputation here in the UK similar to the Pit Bull in America but the

American Staffy has mostly escaped the negative connotation. In some areas of the US, it’s

completely acceptable to have a Staffy where Pit Bulls are banned.

The most important thing I want you to take away from this video is that aggressive and

badly behaved dogs aren’t born that way. It’s through training and leadership, or lack

thereof, that causes a dog to behave badly.

Alright, now with that out of the way, let’s take a look at the differences between the English

and American Staffy.

Both the English Staffy and the AM Staffy are compact, agile dogs with high energy levels

and a tenacious spirit. They excel at athletic canine sports and can easily keep up with your

active lifestyle when conditioned properly. Because of their size and agility, they are easy to

travel with and don’t take up much room in the home. Since the English Staffy is smaller,

they obviously take up less space and are better suited to smaller living situations provided

they still get enough time to exercise outside.

Both breeds are considered fairly intelligent and easily trained by experienced handlers.

They form strong bonds with their canine leaders and are very eager to please them. They

love having a job to do and consistent boundaries. They need to be socialized early and

often throughout their lives with other people and animals or they can become aggressive

when meeting others. Due to their tenacious nature, they aren’t always the best breeds for

first-time dog owners who haven’t learned how to be calm, consistent canine leaders.

They make wonderful family dogs, despite their ancestor's blood history, and in the past

have been known as ‘nanny dogs’ because of their patience with small children. They are

very devoted and gentle canine companions that do well with children of all ages. They are

very close with their children and also protective of them without being overly aggressive or

possessive when socialized regularly.

They have short sleek coats that shed minimally, but they do shed seasonally slightly more

like many other breeds. You may need to trim their nails on a regular basis to keep the sharp

points ground down, but with an active lifestyle, their nails tend to file themselves fairly well.

Both breeds can be a bit sensitive to their environment and hives and other allergies that

affect the skin are not uncommon in either breed.

One of the most notable traits you'll see in both the Staffy and AMStaffy is their extremely

loving and affectionate nature. They bond very closely with their family and are fiercely loyal.

They have a lot of patience for young children and are happiest when they are able to be

with their families. Both breeds will spend hours cuddling with you and your children and

prefer to be close at all times.

Like I said in the beginning, there are very few differences between the English and

American versions of the Staffy other than a few physical characteristics. Of course, I’m

biased towards the English Staffy since I’ve been around them more and grew up in

Staffordshire England but I still believe that both breeds are wonderful canine companions

when socialized well and don’t deserve the negative reputations they have in either country.