FCI -Standard N° 286 / 01.12.1997/ GB

AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER


ORIGIN: U.S.A.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE VALID ORIGINAL STANDARD : 03.09.1996.
FCI CLASSIFICATION : Group 3 Terriers.
Section 3 Bull type Terriers.
Without working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

 The Staffordshire Terrier should give the impression of great strength for his size;
a well put together dog, muscular, but agile and graceful, keenly alive to his surroundings.
He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline. His courage is proverbial.

HEAD: 

Medium length, deep through.
CRANIAL REGION: 
Skull: broad. 
Stop: Distinct.
FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Definitely black.
Muzzle: Medium length, rounded on upper
side to fall away abruptly below the eyes.
Lips: Close and even; no looseness.
Jaws/Teeth: Well defined. Under jaw strong and to have biting power.
Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front. 
Cheeks: Very pronounced cheek muscles.
Eyes: Dark, round, low down in skull, set far apart. No pink eyelids.
Ears: Set high. Cropped or uncropped, the latter preferred.
Uncropped ears should be short and held rose or half prick. Full drop to be penalized.

NECK:

 Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull.
No looseness of skin. Medium length.

BODY: 

Topline: Back fairly short.
Slight sloping from withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. 
Loins: Slightly tucked.
Chest: Deep and broad. Well sprung ribs; close together, deep in rear. 

TAIL:
 Short in comparison to size, low set, tapering to fine point;
not curled or carried over back. Not docked.

LIMBS:
FOREQUARTERS: Front legs straight, with large bones. Set rather wide apart to permit chest development.
Shoulders: Strong and muscular, with blades wide and sloping. 
Pastern: Upright.
HINDQUARTERS: Well muscled.
Hocks: Let down, turning neither in nor out. 
FEET: Of moderate size, well arched and compact.

GAIT / MOVEMENT:

 Springy but without roll or pace.

COAT 
HAIR: Short, close, stiff to the touch, glossy.
COLOUR: Any colour, solid, particolour, or patched is permissible;
but more than 80% white, black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.

SIZE:
 Height and weight should be in proportion.
A height of about eighteen to nineteen inches (46 - 48 cm)
at the shoulder for the male and seventeen to eighteen inches (43 - 46 cm)
for the female to be considered preferable.

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.
- Dudley nose. 
- Undershot or overshot mouth.
- Light eyes.
- Pink eyelids.
- Tail too long or badly carried.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.