American Staffordshire Terrier


ORIGIN : U.S.A.

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.

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