FCI-Standard N° 76
STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 24.06.1987.
UTILIZATION : Terrier.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 3 Terriers.
Section 3 Bull type Terriers.
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Smooth-coated, well balanced, of
great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.
BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : Traditionally of
indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate
especially with children. Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
HEAD : Short.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Deep through with broad skull.
Stop : Distinct.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black.
Muzzle : Short foreface.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, teeth large, with a perfect, regular and
complete scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower
teeth and set square to the jaw.
Lips : Tight and clean.
Cheeks : Very pronounced cheek muscles.
Eyes : Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat colour.
Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Eye rims
Ears : Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full, drop or pricked
ears highly undesirable.
NECK : Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening
BODY : Close-coupled.
Topline : Level.
Chest : Wide front, deep brisket, well sprung ribs ; muscular and well
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
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.
Elbows : No looseness.
HINDQUARTERS : Well muscled. Legs parallel when viewed from
Stifles : Well bent.
Hocks : Well let down.
FEET : Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black in
solid coloured dogs.
GAIT/ MOVEMENT : Free, powerfull and agile with economy of
effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear.
Discernible drive from hindlegs.
HAIR : Smooth, short and close.
COLOUR : 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.
SIZE AND WEIGHT : Desirable height at withers : 14-16 ins.
(35,5 to 40,5 cm), these heights being related to the weights.
Weight : Dogs : 28-38 lbs (12,7-17 kg).
Bitches : 24-34 lbs (11-15,4 kg)
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.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed
typical conformation, should be used for breeding.
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