Most common health problems in American Staffordshire Terriers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your American Staffordshire Terrier

If you want to AVOID health problems in your American Staffordshire, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

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If your American Staffordshire Terrier already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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American Staffordshire Terrier Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of American Staffordshire Terrier health problems

Malformed joints (hip and elbow dysplasia) are serious problems in American Staffordshire Terriers.

Skin problems are very common, especially itchy allergies, demodectic mange, skin tumors and skin cancer.

Hereditary eye diseases can cause blindness. Heart disease is a growing concern, as is thyroid disease.

American Staffordshire Terriers can be born deaf, or partially deaf.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your American Staffordshire Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, heart diseases, and thyroid disease, your American Staffordshire Terrier has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your American Staffordshire Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your American Staffordshire Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy American Staffordshire Terrier puppy or adult dog:

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Complete list of American Staffordshire Terrier health problems

Though many breeders pretend it isn't so, hip dysplasia is a major problem. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 3300 American Staffordshire Terriers and found 26% dysplastic. That's just terrible.

Elbow dysplasia is another serious problem. Over 900 X-rays of American Staffordshire elbows were examined and 17% were dysplastic – the 11th worst rate of 82 breeds.

Other orthopedic diseases that occur in the AmStaff are luxating patella and osteochondritis.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, American Staffordshire Terriers have the 18th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 20% affected).

Heart disease (especially subaortic stenosis, but also cardiomyopathy) is occurring more frequently in AmStaffs.

Skin problems are common in the American Staffordshires, especially allergies that cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Demodectic mange is very common in American Staffordshire Terrier puppies and teenage dogs. Tumors (especially mast cell tumors) and cancer are a big concern in the AmStaff.

Serious eye diseases in the breed are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and entropion.

Inherited deafness can occur in American Staffordshire Terriers puppies who have a lot of white on their head.


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