American Staffordshire Terrier vs Bergamasco

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

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 Bergamasco is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the American Staffordshire Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The American Staffordshire Terrier is easy to groom while the Bergamasco has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Bergamasco are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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American Staffordshire Terrier vs Bergamasco
Red American Staffordshire Terrier
Gray Bergamasco
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierBergamasco
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height17-80 in.21-24 in.
Weight45-70 lb57-84 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesItaly
Origin Year1890 AD1850 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorNoNo
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F20°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed24 mph28 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowNone-Low
SheddingLowNone
DanderLowNone
Drool AmountMediumLow

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 TerrierBergamasco
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingBelow AverageHigh
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingAverageBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierBergamasco
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
Joint DysplasiaNoYes
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierBergamasco
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Corded CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
WrinklyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & WhiteYesNo
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
WhiteYesNo
White & TanYesNo
GrayNoYes