He originated from19th century Bulldogs (used for the bloody sport of bull baiting) crossed with various terrier dog breeds.
The early crosses between these Bulldogs and Terriers were called Bull-and-Terrier dogs and in England became known as Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
When these dogs came to America in 1870 they were known as Pit Dogs or Pit Bull Terriers.
Later they became known as American Bull Terriers and Yankee Terriers.
In the United States breeders bred these dogs to be larger than the English versions making them into a distinct breed that is today called the: "American Staffordshire Terrier."
Personality and Behavior
He's a big sweetheart, friendly towards people and loves his family
He loves to play games
His intimidating look makes him a good guard dog
He tends to be aggressive towards other dogs - he may seriously harm another dog if you aren't supervising him
His high prey drive means he'll chase and kill smaller animals
He's easy to train because he learns commands at an above average rate.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).