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FCI -Standard N° 286 / 01.12.1997/ GB









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.



Skull : broad.

Stop : Distinct.



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.



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.




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.




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.

· Dudley nose.

· Undershot or overshot mouth.

· Light eyes.

· Pink eyelids.

· 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.