For sale/ adoption
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Standard
Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active
Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and
affectionate especially with children.
Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
Head and 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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into