AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
(American Kennel Club)
The American Staffordshire Terrier should give the impression of great strength for his size, a well put-together dog, muscular, but agile and graceful, keenly alert to his surroundings. He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline. His courage is proverbial.
Medium length, deep through, broad skull, pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop; and ears set high. Ears, (in ), uncropped, should be short and held rose or half prick. Full drop to be penalized. Eyes- dark and round, low down in skull and set far apart. No pink eyelids. Muzzle- medium length, rounded on upper side to fall away below eyes. Jaw well defined. Underjaw to be strong and have biting power, Lips close and even, no looseness. Upper teeth to meet outside lower teeth in front (scissor bite). Nose black.
Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length
Strong and muscular with blades wide and sloping.
Fairly short. Slight sloping from withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Loins slightly tucked.
Well-sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close together. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development. Chest deep and broad.
Short in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point; not curled or held over back, not docked.
The front legs should be straight, large or round bones, pastern upright. No resemblance of bend in front. Hindquarters well-muscled, let down hocks, turning neither in nor out. Feet of moderate size, well arched and compact. Gait must be springy but without roll or pace.
Short, close, stiff to touch and glossy.
Any colour, solid, parti, or patched is permissible, but all white, more than 80% white, black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.
Height and weight should be in proportion. Preferable height considered for males = about 18 to 19 inches and 17 to 18 inches for females.
To be penalized are; dudley nose, light or pink eyes, tail too long or badly carried, undershot or overshot mouths.
Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.