American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier Puppies

Updated on January 21, 2017
American Staffordshire Terrier puppies
American Staffordshire Terrier puppies | Source

With the resurgence of popularity for the Pit-Bull dog breed thanks to TV shows like Pit Bulls and Parolees and Pit Boss, people are suddenly clamoring to learn more about these breeds of dogs. One of the breeds, the American Staffordshire Terrier, is considered as being part of the "pit-bull" family of dogs.

The puppies here in this article are blue-nose American Staffordshire Puppies, also known as Pitbulls. When I took these photos of the puppies they were 6 weeks old (Feb 2013), and they will soon be ready to go to their new homes. This is the last litter of puppies that we will have from the parents (Roxie and Stunna), and we plan on getting our other dogs fixed and focus more on the rescue of these beautiful dogs. Although wonderful to have puppies, we realize through these shows that there are many of this breed of dog already in need of good homes, as some people abandon them and/or use them for the wrong reasons (like using them to be fighting dogs).

Kirby of Indiana was one of the earliest AKC Champion American Staffordshire Terriers. Kirby of Indiana is an example of an early Amstaff champion. Date 1940.
Kirby of Indiana was one of the earliest AKC Champion American Staffordshire Terriers. Kirby of Indiana is an example of an early Amstaff champion. Date 1940. | Source

The history of the American Staffordshire Terrier aka as "Pitbulls"

Staffordshire Terriers were first bred in the nineteenth century in the English region of Staffordshire. They are a cross between the terrier and bulldog. They were called various names, such as the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, or Half and Half, until they assumed the name of the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

In the late 1800's, as the breed made its way into America, people began to call them "Pit-dogs", later adopting the name of the American Staffordshire Terrier. In 1936, the Amstaffs were recognized and accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a registered breed.

Of the three types of Pit Bull Terriers known as American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT), the American Staffordshire Terriers (Amstaff), and the Staffordshire Bull Terriers (SBT), the Amstaff became the only recognized AKC recognized breed.

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American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppiesAmerican Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppiesAmerican Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppiesAmerican Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppiesAmerican Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies | Source
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies | Source
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies | Source
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies | Source
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies
American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull puppies | Source

Traits of the American Staffordshire Terrier

Although pitbulls have gained an unsavory reputation over the last several years, the Amstaff actually has many great temperament traits. A recent temperament test conducted by the American Temperament Test Society showed that American Staffordshire Terriers consistently score above average for all the dog breeds that were tested.

These tests measured various things about the Amstaff breed and they scored above average for all these traits:

  • non-aggressiveness
  • friendliness
  • stability
  • A dog’s protectiveness toward its owner

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 Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose)Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose) Stunna, an American Staffordshire Terrier aka Pit Bull Dog (Blue-nose)Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose)Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose)
 Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose)
Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose) | Source
Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose)
Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose) | Source
 Stunna, an American Staffordshire Terrier aka Pit Bull Dog (Blue-nose)
Stunna, an American Staffordshire Terrier aka Pit Bull Dog (Blue-nose) | Source
Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose)
Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose) | Source
Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose)
Roxie and Stunna, American Staffordshire Terriers aka Pit Bull Dogs (Blue-nose) | Source

About the breed

The average American Staffordshire Terrier is between 17.5 to 19 inches tall with their weight is proportionate to their size. Their coat is smooth and as far as I can tell, there is very little shedding from these dogs.

These are the various colors of the breed recognized by the AKC:

  • Black
  • Black Brindle
  • Blue
  • Blue Brindle
  • Blue Fawn
  • Blue Fawn Brindle
  • Brown
  • Brown Brindle
  • Fawn
  • Fawn Brindle
  • Fawn Sable
  • Liver
  • Liver Brindle
  • Red
  • Red Brindle
  • Red Sable
  • Seal Brown
  • White

Matthew Beard, Pete the Pup, and Bobby Hutchins in the Our Gang comedy School's Out
Matthew Beard, Pete the Pup, and Bobby Hutchins in the Our Gang comedy School's Out | Source

Famous Pit Bulls

Although it may seem that just recently pitbulls have come into the limelight, there have actually been many famous American Staffordshire Terriers throughout the years. Some of the more notable ones have been:

  • Peter the Pup was the well known dog who starred in The Little Rascals (aka known as "Our Gang") comedy television series which was made from the 1920s to 1930s
  • Sergeant Stubby was the most decorated dog in military history. Stubby was side by side with his human soldier companions and fought for 18 months in the trenches of France during World War 1. He was also the only dog to ever get promoted in the military.

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  • Jack Brutus was a mascot for the Company K infantry during the Spanish-American war.
  • Bud was the first dog in the United States to take a cross-country drive. In 1903 Bud took to the road with his owner Horatio Nelson Jackson.

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An American Blue-Nose Staffordshire Terrier puppy aka a Pit-Bull dog
An American Blue-Nose Staffordshire Terrier puppy aka a Pit-Bull dog | Source

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    • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

      Dorsi Diaz 

      5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      @jandee) Thanks jandee and I so agree - they have got a bad rap and don't deserve it. Wonderful animals.

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      jandee 

      5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Dorsi what a lovely hub,need more like this to let people know they are just the same as other dogs, terrible the way they are vilified,

      best from jandee

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      Dorsi Diaz 

      5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      @alexadry) I LOVE them too - awesome companions. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      5 years ago from USA

      I love pits! They are very sweet dogs just as my Rotties, voted up and interesting.

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