The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffies) Breed Standard Guidelines:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum
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