The American Staffordshire Terrier isn’t originally from America. Instead, these hard-working loyal dogs have their roots in England. Back in the 19th century, various terriers were crossed with bulldogs, producing their ancestor – the English Staffordshire Terrier.
As their modern, transatlantic cousin, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a very different animal, quite literally. In the US, they were specifically bred to be bigger and heavier – and used for dog fighting until it was eventually banned in the early 1900s.
In 1936, the American Kennel Club officially recognized them as a breed. Today, we recognize them for their intelligent and extremely loyal natures.