Difference Between Pit bulls and Stafford Terriers

The American Pit bull Terrier (aka as Pit bull) and the American Staffordshire Terrier (aka Am Staff) are both considered as Pit bull breed. In fact, these two dogs have lots of similarities between them. They are equally striking in their looks as well as intimidating. But despite their looks, both dogs actually have a big softy heart. They are affectionate and very loyal to their family.

While both dogs may look the same, they also have some key differences. Below we are going to compare the two breeds and get into the finer details.

Physical Differences

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is much shorter, making them look more adorable than the Pit bull (according to some owners). The average height for male Am Staff is only about 14-16 inches and 28–38 pounds in weight. On the other hand, the American Pit bull Terrier has an average height of 17 to 21 inches and 35 to 60 pounds in weight.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers usually come in a range of accepted colors such as red, fawn, white, black, and blue. On the other hand, American Pit bull Terrier’s common colors are red, black, and buckskin.

Furthermore, Am Staff is quite muscular with a short, broad, head, and pronounced cheek muscles. They also have natural uncropped ears. The American Pit bull Terrier is energetic and stocky, and they are also packing more muscles per pound of body weight compared to other types of Pit bull breeds. But overall, both dogs are powerful and agile.

Breed History

Sad to say, both of these dog types were originally bred for “blood sports” in the 19th century like bull-baiting, bear-baiting, and pit fighting with other dogs. But thankfully, those ghastly “sports” have been considered illegal in this time and age, and these dogs were converted into farm dogs or family pets.

In 1898, the American Pit bull Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC), which also allows American Staffordshire Terrier to be registered as American Pit bull Terriers. Unfortunately, the American Kennel Club (AKC) doesn’t recognize the American Pit bull Terrier breed and only recognizes the American Staffordshire Terrier as the official dog breed.


Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit bull Terrier have nicknames of “the Children’s Nursemaid” and “The Nanny Dog,” respectively, due to well-known affection for kids. Since both of these dogs are extremely friendly, even to strangers, they are not recommended as guarding dogs. The only way to make them aggressive to people is that if their owner trains them to do so. But overall, they’re very affectionate, especially when they grow up in a very loving family environment.

Also, these dogs are great when it comes to dog shows. They are good at showcasing different types of dog clothes, dog gold chains, and other dog accessories. But aside from fashion, they also do well in performance events like obedience and cattle herding thanks to their natural agility, high intelligence, and eager to please personality.


Whether it is a Pit bull or Am Staff, both are sweet, people-oriented dogs, where their only desire is to please their family. Either of them can make an outstanding canine companion.

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