American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire
Over 250 color photos as well as a gallery
of historical black and white photos photos depict
the past and present of the staffordshire Terriers.
This book will prove invaluable to active members
of the breed fancies and pet owners alike, as
it offers information concerning history, breed
conformation, management, and health care.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Known affectionatyely as the"Staffie"; In England, the
Staffordshire Bull Terrier is sometimes refferred to
as the "nanny dog" because of a reputation as being
a child's guardian and playmate companion.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a short-coated, medium-sized
dog breed slightly smaller than the American Staffordshire.
It is also one of several breeds that fall under the
umbrella of Pit Bulls. It was in 1935 that Staffordshire
Bull Terriers were accepted by the American Kennel Club
and gained some popularity among the population and
they were rexcognized officially in the Terrier Group
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a stocky, medium-sized,
very muscular dog, similar in appearance to the larger
American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull.
Her coat is smooth and tight to the body giving the
dog a sleek appearance. This dog has a wedge-shaped,
broad head , defined muscles on the back of the skull,
a relatively short fore-head, a wide mouth with a clean
bite and dark round, expressive, eyes. The ears are
small. The cheek muscles are very pronounced. The lips
are firm. His head tapers down to a strong well-muscled
neck and strong shoulders sit on squarely spaced front
legsand the hind quarters are well-muscled.
Like many bully breeds, the Staffordshire Bull can trace
its heritage back to the ancient war dogs of the Greeks.
The Mollossians gave rise to the great Mastiffs of Europe,
and then to the family of dogs bred to bait bulls and
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known for its character
of fearlessness and loyalty. The breed has an affectionate
nature and it maintains a quietness and trustworthy
stability. The breed makes a well-rounded, all-purpose
Staffordshire Bulls are people-oriented and they seek
companionship and want to be with you all the time.
With appropriate socialization the Staffordshire Bull
Terriers are friendly with everyone and can make a fairly
dedicated watch dog. Most dogs can will live peacefully
with other dogs and cats in your family, although many
Staffords are more than ready to enage ina a fight if
challenged. If you already have an Alpha dog in your
family, the Stafford may not be a good choice for you.
It's better that Staffords are closely supervised around
unknown dogs as they may engage any animal that appears
to challenge them.
Unfairly painted from their association to the Pit Bull
reputation, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are an entirely
different breed, yet many people will lump all of these
similar-looking dogs together as possibly dangerous.
In certain jurisdictions, Staffordshire Bull Terriers
have been targeted for "banning" and the legal liabilities
of owning any breed that looks intimidating and has
a fighting heritage should be seriously consideredbecause
people are quicker to sue if such a dog does anything
even remotely questionable. Of course, the proper training
and socialization of the dog from a young age will be
the best assurance that they will be behaved animals
as they mature.
Life span: 12 – 14 years
Temperament: Bold, Intelligent, Affectionate, Reliable,
Loyal, Fearless, Courageous
Weight: 24 to 37 pounds
Height: Female: 12 to 17 inches
Coat Colors: Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Brindle &
White, Blue, Black & White, Fawn & White, Red, Red &
White, Blue & White
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier possesses tremendous
stamina and must lots of fresh air exercise; daily walks
or runs are a must. Puppies are prone to having an elongated
soft palate. Like all the bully type breeds, Staffordshire
Bull Terriers often have gas and farting problems. Prone
to mast cell tumors.
The breed is prone to cataracts, HC and PHPV (both eye
complaints), although proper breeders who put their
animals through screening of both parents lessens the
risks. DNA work in the has been ongoing to attempt to
cure this issue. Hip dysplasia is occasionally seen.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Standard
and updated Standard of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier
that was approved by the American Kennel Association
General Appearance : The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
is a smooth - coated dog. It should be of great strength
for its size and, although muscular, should be active
Size, Proportion, Substance
Height at shoulder - 14 to 16 inches. Weight - Dogs,
28 to 38 pounds; bitches, 24 to 34 pounds, these heights
being related to weights. Non - conformity with these
limits is a fault. In proportion , the length of back,
from withers to tail set, is equal to the distance from
withers to ground. Head : Short , deep through, broad
skull , very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop,
short foreface, black nose. Pink (Dudley) nose to be
considered a serious fault.
Eyes - Dark preferable, but may bear some relation
to coat color. Round, of medium size, and set to look
straight ahead. Light eyes or pink eye rims to be considered
a fault, except that where the coat surrounding the
eye is white the eye rim may be pink.
Ears - Rose or half - pricked and not large. Full drop
or full prick to be considered a serious fault.
Mouth - A bite in which the outer side of the lower
incisors touches the inner side of the upper incisors.
The lips should be tight and clean. The badly undershot
or overshot bite is a serious fault. Neck, Topline,
Body : The neck is muscular, rather short, clean in
outline and gradually widening toward the shoulders.
The body is close coupled, with a level topline , wide
front, deep brisket and well sprung ribs being rather
light in the loins. The tail is undocked, of medium
length, low set, tapering to a point and carried rather
low. It should not curl much and may be likened to an
old - fashioned pump handle. A tail that is too long
or badly curled is a fault.
Forequarters : Legs straight and well boned, set rather
far apart, without looseness at the shoulders and showing
no weakness at the pasterns, from which point the feet
turn out a little. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed.
The feet should be well padded, strong and of medium
size. Hindquarters : The hindquarters should be we ll
muscled, hocks let down with stifles well bent. Legs
should be parallel when viewed from behind. Dewclaws,
if any, on the hind legs are generally removed.
Smooth, short and close to the skin, not to be trimmed
or de - whiskered. Co lor : Red, fawn, white, black
or blue, or any of these colors with white. Any shade
of brindle or any shade of brindle with white. Black
- and - tan or liver color to be disqualified. Gait
Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs
moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible
drive from hind legs. Temperament : From the past history
of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the modern dog draws
its character of indomitable courage, high intelligence,
and tenacity. This, coupled with its affection for its
friends, and children in particular, its off - duty
quietness and trustworthy stability, makes it a foremost
all - purpose dog.
Disqualification : Black - and - tan or liver color.