Breed Standards

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffies) Breed Standard Guidelines:


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  • Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size.
  • Muscular, active and agile.
  • Traditionally of indomitable courage & tenacity.
  • Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children.
  • Bold, fearless & totally reliable.
  • Short, deep though with broad skull.
  • Very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short fore face, nose black.
  • Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat colour.
  • Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead.
  • Eye rims dark.
  • Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy.
  • Full, drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.

Stafford Breed Standard - 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.
  • Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening towards shoulders.

  • 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.

  • Close-coupled, with level top line, wide front, deep brisket, well sprung ribs; muscular & well defined.

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

Stafford Breed Standard - Feet

  • Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black in solid colored dogs.

Stafford Breed Standard - tail set view

  • 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 Breed Standard - Movement

  • Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear.
  • Discernible drive from hind legs.
  • Smooth, short & close.
  • Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any one of these colours with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white. Black and tan or liver colour highly undesirable.
  • Desirable height at withers 36 – 41 cms (14 to 16 ins), these heights being related to the weights.
  • Weight: Dogs: 13 – 17 kgs (28 – 38 lbs)
  • Bitches: 11 – 15.4 kgs (24 – 34 lbs)
  • 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 on health & welfare of the dog.


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