American Staffordshire Terrier vs Pointer

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

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 Pointer is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Pointer are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Pointer are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the American Staffordshire Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierPointer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height17-80 in.23-28 in.
Weight45-70 lb45-75 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1890 AD1650 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
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 TerrierPointer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
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 AverageHigh
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingAverageVery Low
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierPointer
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierPointer
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesYes
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black&whiteYesYes
Black BrindleYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue BrindleYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
Blue Fawn BrindleYesNo
BronzeYesNo
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn SableYesNo
LiverYesYes
Liver BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red SableYesNo
Seal BrownYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White & TanYesNo
LemonNoYes
Lemon&whiteNoYes
Liver&whiteNoYes
OrangeNoYes
Orange&whiteNoYes