What's the difference between the american staffordshire terrier and a pitbull? ?

A pit bull is shorter and muscular, while the staffordshire terrier it taller and skinnier (still muscular) but they also have a longer nouns that a pit bull.
"Pit bull" is a generic term for any dog belonging to a breed that be historically used for fighting. An American Staffordshire Terrier is one of those dogs. Other breeds include the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Despite their similar names, these are all entirely different breeds.
Other breeds that own been incorrectly described as belonging to this group include the Cane Corso, the Dogo Argentino, the Boxer, the American Bulldog, and the English Bulldog.
Answers:    Pit Bull is a generic term for the APBT, AmStaff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and others.

APBT & AmStaff are basicly the same. Some argue that they have be bred apart. I don't agree due to the dual registering.

The AKC AmStaff was originally named the APBT. The AKC did not like the "Pit Bull" bit of the name so it was changed several times before they have the offical name American Staffordshire Terrier.

The AKC AmStaff can be dual registered with the UKC and ADBA as an American Pit Bull Terrier.

I also say the AKC AmStaff is the show copy.

I have a UKC/ADBA male APBT here that has the body of the show book AKC AmStaff. His bloodlines can be traced back to the AKC.

CC you have that backwards. APBT's are taller and leaner, AmStaffs are smaller and bulkier

edited funny how you mention a family member Golden. My Golden is the one with her hackles up, growling and barking at people when they come to the door. My pits are standing in that wagging their tails waiting for some love!
Regular Pit Bulls are known for acting other like "the friendliest dogs you have ever met" and then turn out to decimate a little boy and seriously hurt many people. It's because they used to be trained to do stuff close to that. I reccomend not getting a Pit Bull... just to be safe.
Whats different - Registration, standards and what breeders are looking for when breeding.

Each (reputable) breeder has a goal surrounded by mind when breeding and try to improve the breed. That will changes from Pitbull breeders, to APBT Breeders to Amstaff breeders. Each will own a different goal.

All should be trying to follow the standard outlined by there Registration, some regs are loosers than others.

great website tells EVERY difference.
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