American Staffordshire Terrier vs Boxer

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

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 Boxer is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Boxer are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the American Staffordshire Terrier is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Boxer are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierBoxer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height17-80 in.21-25 in.
Weight45-70 lb53-70 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesGermany
Origin Year1890 AD1894 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F60°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph27 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountMediumNone

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 TerrierBoxer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingAverageVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierBoxer
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
Aortic StenosisNoYes
BloatNoYes
Boxer CardiomyopathyNoYes
CancerNoYes
Corneal DystrophyNoYes
DeafnessNoYes
Demodectic MangeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierBoxer
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black BrindleYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue BrindleYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
Blue Fawn BrindleYesNo
BronzeYesNo
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesYes
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn SableYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red SableYesNo
Seal BrownYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes
White & TanYesNo
BrindleNoYes