What’s the Difference Between the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Bull Terrier
Know your dogs! Frequently confused breeds. Get the low down on the differences between these similar-looking dogs
American Staffordshire Terrier
Courageous and strong, the American Staffordshire Terrier, aka the Am Staff, has an athletic build and intelligence that make him ideally suited to dog sports. He is often identified by his stocky body and strong, powerful head. This people-oriented dog thrives when he is made part of the family and given a job to do. Although friendly, this breed is loyal to his family and will protect them from any threat. Regular exercise and training is necessary.
Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1936 • Ranging in size from 17 to 19 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing somewhere around 45 to 70 pounds • General purpose dog
The Bull Terrier
Playful and clownish, the Bull Terrier is best described as a three-year-old child in a dog suit. Given his muscular build, the Bull Terrier can appear unapproachable, but he is an exceedingly friendly dog, with a sweet and fun-loving disposition. Bull Terriers become very attached to their owners and families and do not thrive when left alone. The breed loves children, but obedience training is necessary and care must be taken that they don’t get over stimulated around younger children. Their short coats are easy to care for, but the breed requires daily exercise.
• Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1885 • No size standard, but most stand 21 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 50 to 70 pounds • Game sports