American Staffordshire terrier

[ uh-mer-i-kuhn staf-erd-sheer ter-ee-er, ‐sher ]
/ əˈmɛr ɪ kən ˈstæf ərd ʃɪər ˈtɛr i ər, ‐ʃər /

noun

one of an American breed of strong, muscular terriers, originally developed in England, with a short, close-lying, stiff coat of any color or combination of colors except solid white.

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Also called A·mer·i·can pit bull ter·ri·er, pit bull ter·ri·er, pit bull . Formerly Staf·ford·shire ter·ri·er .

Origin of American Staffordshire terrier

First recorded in 1965–70; its earlier name, the Staffordshire terrier, was first recorded in 1935–40; and the variant pit bull terrier was first recorded in 1940–45
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