The American Pit Bull Terrier is known as the American Staffordshire Terrier in the US, but as the American Pit Bull Terrier in the UK. They are known for their intelligence and loyalty and make an excellent, loving and protective companion as long as they are properly socialized and trained. They will get along with other dogs they have been raised with but may exhibit aggression toward strange dogs and other small household pets.

American Pit Bull Terriers are exceedingly protective of their family, home, and territory and are not generally used for guarding due to their friendly nature. Despite stories in the media, aggressive behavior toward humans is an uncharacteristic trait in this breed. They are not however recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner.