American Staffordshire Terrier is a muscular and agile family dog. It is an intelligent, playful and loyal pet that has a life expectancy of up to 12 years.
Big muscular head with chiseled cheekbones, wide apart eyes set in perfect circles, broad shoulders, muscular build with no loose skin, and a glossy coat are the characteristics that make American Staffordshire Terrier or AmStaff a unique breed. There is an absolute variety in American Staffordshire Terrier colors.
This article is going to discuss the variety of American Staffordshire Terrier colors. No other breed comes in as many colors as AmStaff does.
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A Brief Introduction to the American Staffordshire Terrier
Origin and History
American Staffordshire Terrier was introduced to the United States in the mid-eighteenth century. It is a close relative of English Staffordshire Terrier that adopted better characteristics after it was brought to the United States.
Staffordshire Terrier was a cross between Bulldog and Terrier breeds. It was specifically bred to become a blood sport champion. The blood sports are history now and the wildness of this breed has been tamed. It has been civilized enough that it has become a darling of the family dog owners.
AKC Size specifications
According to American Kennel Club (AKC), male AmStaff ranges from 18 to 19 inches in height whereas the female dog has an average height of 17 to 18 inches. The male dog weighs 55 to 70 pounds whereas the female dog is 40 to 55 pounds in weight.
American Staffordshire Terrier Traits
American Staffordshire Terrier is considerably bigger than many small sized dogs. It is a popular belief that small sized dogs are ideal for apartment living. The truth is against it. Many small sized dogs are so full of energy that they can’t live in an apartment. AmStaff, on the other hand, goes perfectly well for people living in the apartments.
The Am Staff is an intelligent dog and understands the commands of its owner perfectly well. And this trait makes it an ideal dog for novice dog owners. You just need to establish leadership over it and you are good to go.
Am Staff has a short coat. Short coat means that it is moderately sensitive to touch and cuddling. With a short coat, Am Staff is an easygoing dog. It is very tolerant and resilient.
But a short coat also means that it cannot keep itself warm in winters. Hence, it needs to stay indoors in winters to avoid catching cold. However, Am Staff can withstand the heat. But you should avoid taking your dog out in extreme heat, let alone make it exercise under the sun.
The most prized characteristic of American Staffordshire Terrier is its friendliness. Some dogs want to stay aloof, laying in their beds all day – not with AmStaff. The dog loves to be around and interact. It is full of energy that keeps it going all day. It likes to stay busy and join you all day long no matter how much work you command it to do.
The AmStaff is kind to kids as well. Children love the affectionate presence of the Staffordshire Terrier. It bonds well with the kids. But being a muscular dog, it can sometimes be harsh with the kids. Hence, it is advised that the dog-children time should be supervised by an adult.
American Staffordshire Terriers are very aggressive to other dogs, however. It cannot tolerate the presence of any other dog. With early socialization in the form of training, this defect can also be overcome.
American Staffordshire Terrier Colors
American Staffordshire Terrier displays a wide range of colors. According to the American Kennel Club breed specifications, AmStaff can come in any color. If we give a quick glance at the American Staffordshire Terrier color chart, we will notice that there is no color or combination, it is not found in.
Some color schemes are more widely seen than the others. AmStaff comes in solid colors as well as in a combination. Mostly white dots or patches are observed with a solid color such as with black or blue.
In this section, we are going to delve deeply into the details of American Staffordshire Terrier colors.
American Staffordshire Terrier Color Chart
● Black American Staffordshire Terrier
It is an AmStaff that is thoroughly black in color. The shade can be shiny in many dogs. The face, neck, body and legs all are completely black in color. There are no spots of white or any other color on a black American Staffordshire Terrier. Even the eyes of a black AmStaff are black in color.
● Black and White American Staffordshire Terrier
A black and a white AmStaff is no different from a black one. The difference is that a black Staffordshire Terrier is thoroughly black whereas the black and white AmStaff has a black base with white spots on it. The white spots are found on the face, neck, forelegs and on the lower portion of the hindlegs. The toes can be white as well.
● Blue American Staffordshire Terrier
A blue AmStaff is darker in tone. It is so dark that a novice might take it as black. But in fact it is not black but a heavier shade of blue. Just like black Staffordshire Terrier, a blue AmStaff is thoroughly blue. All the visible skin is the same color. The eyes are dark. There are no patches of white or any other color.
● Blue and White American Staffordshire Terrier
A blue and white American Staffordshire Terrier has a blue colored base with white patches here and there. The white portion in this type of Terrier is comparatively more in comparison to the white portion of Black and White Staffordshire Terrier.
The face is white with blue patches on it as well. You may find a blue spot over the ear or around the eye. The neck, forelimbs and hindlimbs are generally white. The white patches may also be visible on the body of this AmStaff.
● Blue Brindle American Staffordshire Terrier
The Blue Brindle American Staffordshire Terrier is somewhat similar to the Blue AmStaff. It has stripes that resemble gray with a tinge of fawn. The whole body is covered in dark colored stripes. Even the face, legs and tail exhibit the same color. The darker shade of fawn may also be found along the stripes of the body.
● Blue Brindle and White American Staffordshire Terrier
When a blue brindle American Staffordshire Terrier has patches of white, it is a blue brindle and white AmStaff. The position of white patches is similar to that of black and white and blue and white AmStaffs. White spots can be found on the face, neck, body and preferably on the fore and hind legs.
● Blue Fawn American Staffordshire Terrier
A blue fawn Terrier looks like a brown colored dog. The skin is colored blue fawn throughout. The shade may range from a lighter version of blue fawn to a darker one. There are no patches of any other color. However, the nose may have a black patch around it.
● Blue Fawn and White American Staffordshire Terrier
This kind of Staffordshire Terrier has white spots on a blue fawn skin. The skin is colored white rather than having any patches in specific areas. Usually, the neck, front and hind legs are white in color and the rest of the skin is blue fawn.
● Blue Fawn Brindle American Staffordshire Terrier
Blue Fawn Brindle is a cross between blue fawn and blue brindle. This type of AmStaff has a blue fawn body with blue brindle stripes. The nose and mouth area is slightly darker, or might be black. The rest of the body has dark gray stripes.
● Blue Fawn Brindle and White American Staffordshire Terrier
It is a blue fawn brindle AmStaff with white portions of skin. The lower body is preferably white with an occasional white patch on the face and legs. The rest of the dog has a fawn base and brindle stripes that appear dark gray in color. The stripes do not run across the white patches.
● Fawn Brindle American Staffordshire Terrier
Fawn brindle resembles very much to the blue fawn brindle. Both have a fawn skin with gray stripes running along the body. The only difference is that the fawn brindle Staffordshire Terrier has a greater number of stripes and these are darker in tone.
● Fawn Brindle and White American Staffordshire Terrier
It is a fawn brindle dog with white patches over the skin. The blue fawn brindle and white and fawn brindle and white look exactly alike. The difference is that in fawn brindle and white, the stripes are darker in tone.
● Fawn Sable American Staffordshire Terrier
This fawn American Staffordshire Terrier looks like a light brown or golden colored dog. The fawn sable AmStaff resembles a blue fawn. But where the blue fawn displays a darker shades of color, the fawn sable is lighter in color and has lighter notes.
● Fawn Sable and White American Staffordshire Terrier
The fawn sable and white American Staffordshire Terrier is a fawn sable AmStaff with occasional patches of white on the face, around the neck, on the back and in the fore and hind legs.
● Red Brindle American Staffordshire Terrier
Red Brindle is a darker shade of brown with even darker gray stripes. The red brindle is a much darker shade of brown that in all the contrasts of brown displayed by AmStaff, this one would stand champion in darkness of tone. The gray stripes on its body are further dark giving this dog a wild look.
● Red Brindle and White American Staffordshire Terrier
It is a red brindle dog with patches of white. The white contrasts with the darker red brindle and makes the appearance agreeable.
● Red Sable American Staffordshire Terrier
Red sable is one note darker than the blue fawn and two notes darker than the fawn sable Staffordshire Terrier. In this way, it is the darkest brown in the color scheme.
● Red Sable and White Staffordshire Terrier
A red sable with white patches of skin is red sable and white Staffordshire Terrier.
Finally, the puppy continues into adulthood and becomes a playful, loving, sociable and loyal dog that is loved by its family.
The Staffordshire Terrier exhibits a range of colors. Some of which are solid colors such as black, blue, fawn and brindle while others are striped with darker tones. Occasional patches of white create variations in the color scheme of this dog.
The color range displayed by American Staffordshire Terrier is remarkable. You would find many colors that you may have not heard of earlier. But now you know that your much loved Staffie comes in multiple shades and colors. Find the perfect one for you and your family.
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References and Further Reading:
 American Kennel Club, American Staffordshire Terrier Information.