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                            The Breed Standard

(Including the original 1935 Breed standard at the bottom)
 
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.

General Appearance

Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.

Characteristics

Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate, especially with children.

Temperament

Bold, Fearless and totally reliable.

Head and Skull

Short, deep though with broad skull. Very pronounced cheek muscles, distict stop, short foreface, nose black

Eyes

Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat colour. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Eye rims dark.

Ears

Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full. Drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.

Mouth

Lips tight and clean. Jaws strong, teeth large, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, ie: upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaw.

Neck

Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening to shoulders.

Forequarters 

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 elbows.

Body 

Close-coupled, with level topline, wide front, deep briskit, well sprung ribs, muscular and well defined.

Hindquaters 

Well muscled, hocks well let down with stifles well bent. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.

Feet 

Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black in solid coloured dogs.

Tail 

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 paralell when viewed from the front or rear. Discernible drive from hindlegs.

Coat 

Smooth, short and close.

Colour 

Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any one of these colours with white. Any shade of brindle with white. Black or tan or liver colour highly undesirable.

Size

Desirable height at withers 35.5 to 40 cms (14 to 16 ins) these heights being related to the weights. Weight Dogs:12.7 to 17kg (28 to 38 lbs) Bitches: 11 to 15.4kg (24 to 34 lbs).

Faults 

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness of which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Note 

Male animals should have 2 apparantly normal testicals fully descended into the scrotum.

          The Old Original Breed Standard from 1935

General Appearance
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth-coated dog, standing about 15 to 18 inches high at the shoulder. He should give the impression of great strength for his size, and although muscular should be active and agile.

Head
Short, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short foreface, mouth level.

Ears
Rose, half prick and prick; these three to be preferred, full drop to be penalized.

Eyes

Dark.

Neck

Should be muscular and rather short.

Body

Short back, deep brisket, light in loins with forelegs set rather wide apart to permit of chest development.

Front Leg
s

Straight, feet well padded, to turn out a little and showing no weakness at pasterns.

Hind Legs

Hindquarters well muscled, let down at hocks like a terrier.

Coat

Short, smooth and close to skin.

Tail

The tail should be of medium length tapering to a point and carried rather low; it should not curl much and may be compared with an old-fashioned pump handle.

Weight

Dogs 28 to 38 lbs., Bitches 4 lbs. less.

Colour

May be any shade of Brindle, Black, White, Fawn or Red, or any of these colours with White. Black and Tan and Liver not to be encouraged.

Faults to be Penalized

Dudley nose, light or pink eyes (rims), tail too long or badly curled, badly undershot or overshot mouths.