Fédération Cynologique Internationale



FCI-Standard N° 286

American Staffordshire Terrier




The sequence might differ slightly from the original breed standard.

ORIGIN

: U.S.A.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: 03.09.1996.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION

:
Group 3Terriers
Section 3Bull 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.

Loin

: 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.

Shoulder

: Strong and muscular, with blades wide and sloping. Pastern Upright.

FEET

:

Forefeet

: Of moderate size, well arched and compact.

Hind feet

: See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

: Well muscled.

Hock

: Let down, turning neither in nor out.

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 at withers

: 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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • 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.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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