can anyone tell me what the difference is between an american pit bull and an american stafforshire terrier

Asked by Member 841659 on May 31st 2009 in American Staffordshire Terrier
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Technically, two different breeds. Though very similar which is obvious by just looking at them. A good example of another two breeds that are similar like the Pit and Staffie are the Silky Terrier and the Yorkie, or even the Australian terrier.

Clearly, these dogs come from very similar breeding stock and they have many of the same traits; muscular body, squared head, similar shaped snout and similar coloring and coat textures.

But while some believe that the Staffies are just Pits who have had their name changed to avoid the grossly incorrect sterotyping of Pits, there are some key differences.

Pits are slightly more refined in body type and have generally slightly smaller features.They are around 35-60 lbs for the males while Staffies are stockier and slightly heavier and 45-70 lbs for the males.

Jack answered on 5/31/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


"Pit Bull" is a generic term used to describe several breeds of dog that are similar in appearance, including the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Terrier.

The American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Terrier are two different breeds, although they look similar to many people.

Abby answered on 5/31/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Depends on where and when you are telling someone what breed of dog you have. If you are trying to move into an apartment then it's an am staff. If you are a redneck showing him to your friends, then he's a pit bull.

Kayak answered on 5/31/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


The most important differences are the personality differences. American Pitbull Terriers are intense, gamey, working dogs that only the most dedicated of owners are cut out for. APBT's have dog aggression bred into them very strongly. The staffies are like an APBT divided by two as far as personality goes. They are a good starter dog for someone interested in bully breeds.

Member 836390 answered on 5/31/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

In Loving Memory of BOOMER

However you slice it, Boomer is one handsome AmStaff :) (although not a good representation of his breed standard)

In Loving Memory of BOOMER answered on 5/31/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

In loving memory of Lilo

Technically, they're one in the same. However, they're completely different. It's like grape koolaid and cherry koolaid. In theory, they're the same thing, but you know they're completely different. Some people even dual register their AKC registered Am Staffs with the UKC as American pit bull terriers. If that doesn't prove they're similar, I don't know what does.

The difference is, way back when; American pit bull terriers were bred strictly for fighting. They weren't brought to the show ring for quite some time and even when they were, they were still bred for "gameness" because that made them great show dogs and family dogs, too. People who showed their pit bulls wanted the AKC to accept the breed. The AKC didn't want to be associated with dog fighting, so, when finally registered, their name became American staffordshire terrier. These dogs were bred strictly for show. So, they were bred bigger than the pit bulls of yesterday. There is interbreedng between the two to this day.

In loving memory of Lilo answered on 6/6/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer