American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Bulldog

Compare the American Staffordshire Terrier to the American Bulldog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between American Staffordshire Terriers and American Bulldogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The American Staffordshire Terrier is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the American Bulldog is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and American Bulldog are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and American Bulldog are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The American Staffordshire Terrier bark/howls frequently. The American Bulldog has an average level of barking.
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American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Bulldog
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Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierAmerican Bulldog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Height17-80 in.20-28 in.
Weight45-70 lb60-120 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageBelow Average
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited States
Origin Year1890 AD1700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed24 mph23 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow-Medium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountMediumMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierAmerican Bulldog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsHighBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingAverageAverage
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierAmerican Bulldog
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
CancerNoYes
Cherry EyeNoYes
EctropionNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EntropionNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierAmerican Bulldog
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & WhiteYesYes
Black BrindleYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue BrindleYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
Blue Fawn BrindleYesNo
BronzeYesNo
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn SableYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red SableYesNo
Seal BrownYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes
White & TanYesNo
BrindleNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Tan & WhiteNoYes
White & BrindleNoYes
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