Breed Standard of Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Stafford General Appearance

The staffordshire bull terrier is a smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.

Stafford Characteristics

The staffordshire bull terrier is traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. The staffie is highly intelligent and affectionate, especially with children.

Stafford Temperament

The staffordshire bull terrier is bold, fearless and totally reliable.

Stafford Head & Skull

The staffordshire bull terrier is short, deep through with broad skull. The staffie have very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short fore face, nose black.

Stafford Eyes

The staffordshire bull terrier eyes is dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat colour. The staffies eyes are round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. The stafford eye rims are dark.

Stafford Ears

Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full, drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.

Stafford Mouth

Lips tight and clean. Jaws strong, teeth large, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Stafford Neck

Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening towards shoulders.

Stafford Forequarters

Legs straight and well boned, set rather wide apart, showing no weakness at the pasterns, from which point feet turn out a little. Shoulders well laid back with no looseness at elbow.

Stafford Body

Close – coupled, with level top-line, wide front, deep brisket, well sprung ribs, muscular and well defined.

Stafford Hindquarters

Well muscled, hocks well let down with stifles well bent. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.

Stafford Feet

Well padded, strong and of medium size.

Nails black in solid coloured dogs.

Stafford Tail

Medium length, low set, tapering to a point and carried rather low. Should not curl much and may be likened to an old fashioned pump handle.

Stafford Gait/Movement

Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hind legs.

Stafford Coat

Smooth, short and close.

Stafford Colour

Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any of these colours with white. Any shade of brindle with white.

Black and tan or liver colour is highly undesirable.

Stafford Size

Desirable height at withers 35.5 – 40.5 cm (14 – 16 ins.), these heights being related to the weights.

Stafford Weight

dogs: 12.7 – 17 kg (28 – 38 lbs)

bitches 11- 15.4 kg (24 – 34 lbs)

Stafford Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Stafford Males

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles full descended into the scrotum.

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