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American Staffordshire terriers gained in popularity in the 1920s with “Pete the Pup’s” appearances in the Our Gang (The Little Rascals) comedies, contributing to the spread of the breed.
In 1936, they were accepted for registration in the AKC Stud Book as Staffordshire Terriers, belonging to the terrier and molosser groups. The name of the breed was revised January 1, 1972 to American Staffordshire Terrier; breeders in the United States had developed a variety which was heavier in weight than the Staffordshire Bull Terrier of England – the name change was to distinguish them as separate breeds.
The breed’s popularity began to decline in the United States following World War II.
Images of the breed were used to represent the US during the 1900s as a depiction of strength and dignity.