American Staffordshire Terrier vs Hovawart

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Hovawart and the American Staffordshire Terrier are good for new owners, but the Hovawart is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Hovawart are great with children.
  • Grooming - The American Staffordshire Terrier is very easy to groom. The Hovawart has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the American Staffordshire Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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American Staffordshire Terrier vs Hovawart
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Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierHovawart
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height17-80 in.23-28 in.
Weight45-70 lb60-100 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesGermany
Origin Year1890 AD1210 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
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 TerrierHovawart
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighVery Low
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingAverageVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierHovawart
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Underactive ThyroidNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierHovawart
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
StraightNoYes
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
Black/goldNoYes
BlondeNoYes