The American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the most common pit bull breeds. They are also one of the most common breeds found in shelters. Some find them intimidating, but they are usually friendly and affectionate dogs. They are moderately active and moderately trainable.
Staffordshires have a ton of energy. They mustn’t become bored or they will spend their time barking, chewing or being aggressive. Generally, they do best as the only pet in the household. They need a strong and experienced owner. Chew toys will keep them occupied. When going for walks, a muzzle may be required in some places for this breed. They can be dog-dog aggressive, though this is not always the case.
These dogs rarely have issues with their diets. They are rarely overweight and often are quite muscular.
From a genetic standpoint, the American Staffordshire Terrier is exceptionally healthy. From a societal standpoint, though, they face numerous health issues. These dogs are far more likely to enter shelters and to be euthanized in shelters than most other breeds. They are also illegal to own in some cities, which means they may be kept secretly. “Secret dogs” are neglected, since their owners hesitate to bring them to veterinarians and risk having the dogs taken away. Finally, American Staffordshire Terriers may be kept as fighting dogs, which, of course, causes injury and death.