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What is the difference between an American Staffordshire terrier vs. a pitbull?

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The American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier are very similar, but the American Staffordshire Terrier can be considered a working dog, while the American Pit Bull Terrier can be considered a show dog. The American Staffordshire Terrier is recognized by the American Dog Breeder's Association and United Kennel Club, while the American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized by the American Kennel Club.

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What is the difference between an American Staffordshire terrier vs. a pitbull?
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Due to their different purposes, there are some general physical distinctions between the two breeds. The American Staffordshire Terrier has sturdier front legs, unlike the American Pit Bull Terrier which has more powerful hind legs for greater working capability. American Pit Bull Terriers are also generally larger in stature than Staffordshire Terriers. American Pit Bull Terriers are accepted in any color other than merle, but American Staffordshire Terriers should not be liver-colored, black and tan, or white.

These differences are nominal, and even experts often cannot distinguish between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Some dogs are dual registered, meaning that they are registered with different kennel clubs under the title of both American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier. The American Staffordshire Terrier name originated from the efforts of breeders attempting to distance themselves from the negative dog fighting connotation associated with the American Pit Bull Terrier classification.

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