The Breed Standard
STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
OFFICIAL BREED STANDARD
Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for
his size. Muscular, active and agile.
Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity.
Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children.
Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
HEAD & SKULL
Short, deep though with broad skull. Very
pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short foreface, 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
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 topline, wide front, deep
brisket, well sprung ribs; muscular and well defined.
Well muscled, hocks well let down with stifles well
bent. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.
Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black
in solid coloured dogs.
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.
GAIT / MOVEMENT
Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort.
Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear.
Discernible drive from hindlegs.
Smooth, short and 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
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.