AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
FCI -Standard N° 286 / 01.12.1997/ GB

ORIGIN:USA

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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog. ˇ Dudley nose.
ˇ Undershot or overshot mouth.
ˇ Light eyes.
ˇ Pink eyelids.
ˇ 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.

Kornelia Wojtczak
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