****** STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER STANDARD ******
Smooth Coated,Well Balanced Of Great Strength For Size,Muscular,Active & Agile.
Traditionally of indomitable courage & tenacity.
highly intelligent also affectionate.
Expecially with children(hence the reason being named the nanny dog)
Bold,Fearless & totally realiable.
Head & Skull:
Short deep through with broad skull,very pronounced cheek muscles,distinct stop.short foreface,nose black
(regardless of coat colour)
Dark preferred,may differ some in realation to coat colour.Round of medium size & set to look straight ahead.eye rims dark(in relation to coat colour.)
lips tight & clean.jaws strong.teeth large with a perfect regular & complete scissor bite eg:upper teath closely overlapping the lower & set square to the jaws.
Muscular rather short & clean in outline gradually widening towards shoulders.
legs straight & well boned,set rather far apart,showing no weakness in the pasterns,from which feet turnout a little (no playing)shoulders well laid back with no weakness at elbow.
close coupled with level topline,wide front deep brisket,well sprung ribs,muscular & well defined.
Well muscled,hocks well let down with stifles well bent,legs parallel when viewed from behind.
well padded,strong & 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 & may be likened to an old fashioned pump handle.
Free powerful & agile with economyof effort,
legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear,driven by a powerful set of hind legs.
Smooth,short & close
Red,fawn,white,black or blue or any one of these colours with white.
Any shade of brindle/any shade of brindle with white.
Liver colour highly undesirable.
desirable height:36-41 cm (14-16 inc)
These heights being realated to weights.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be concidered a fault & the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree & Its effect upon the health & welfare of the dog.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicals fully descended into the scrotem.