American Staffordshire Terrier Breed
American Staffordshire Terrier is the most versatile dog in the
world. Proven as a working dog, they also became a gladiator dog of
sport. Sound temperament and loyalty makes him a worth companion.
These dogs are people oriented and possess balance, strength, and
agility. Courage and devotion are it’s greatest qualities.
MUZZLE: Square at the base of the face
and slightly wedged to nose.
STOP: The stop should be deep, make a
crevasse leading to the occiput across the forehead.
FOREHEAD: Forehead to be free of
wrinkles and wedge shaped.
OCCIPUT: The muscle between the ears
should form a V shape between the ear and middle of the head leading
down to the back of the neck.
SKULL: Slightly rounded. The widest
point of the head should be between the eye and the ear
EARS: Cropped or uncropped, free of
wrinkles, and set high on head.
NECK: Tapering from shoulder to head.
Proportionate to dog.
WITHERS: Muscular and higher than the
topline but no higher than the rump.
TOPLINE & BACK: Sloping downward from
withers to rump. Distance between withers and rump should be equal
to the distance between point of shoulder and foot.
RUMP: Broad hips with muscular tone and
slight arch from topline to tail.
TAIL SET: Base of tail should fit the
shape of the slope from topline to tail. Tail set high in the back
TAIL: Tail should be no longer than the
hock of the back legs, thick at the base and tapering to the end.
Medium in length as compared to the rest of the body. (Not held
REAR PASTERN AND POINT OF HOCK: Rear
stifle should be perpendicular to ground in stacked position and
approximately a 45-degree angle from back of leg to stifle over the
UPPER THIGH: muscular and long as
compared to rear pastern.
ABDOMEN: Showing definition and slight
tuck above the rib cage.
RIB CAGE: Ribs well sprung, showing
definition and muscularity.
STIFLE & ELBOWS: Stifle should be
perpendicular to ground in stacked position. Elbows line up
directly under shoulders. No turning in or out from rib cage.
FEET: Feet proportionate to legs. Toes
medium in length and close to one another.
CHEST: Deep chest with moderate width.
Depth of chest should be longer than width.
POINT OF SHOULDER: Wide, sloping toward
elbow and muscular.
JAWS: Well pronounced, muscular, and
widest point of head.
FLEWS: Tight and wrinkle free.
be forward scissors bite, teeth meshing closely together to make a
tight bite. (Front teeth tightly in front of back teeth is a
forward scissors bite.) Fault: Level bite, under bite.
color other than glass and both the same color (watch eye). Fault:
Bulging eyes, walleye or cross-eye.
color. Fault: Butterfly nose (flares out).
short, and stiff.
WEIGHT: 35 to
55 pounds for females and 45 to 75 for males.
HEIGHT: 16 to
20 inches for females and 18 to 24 inches for males.
Single or double tracking, but must do the same front and back
legs. Back remains level during travel. Ground covering seems
not moving on same plane, legs over reaching, legs crossing.
Rolling, pacing, crabbing, pounding, paddling and side winding.
DISQUALIFICATION: Deaf, blind, lame, bobbed tail, monocryptoid (one
testicle), undershot, overshot, rye mouth, extremely shy, extremely
aggressive, long coat, bulging eyes, watch eye, glass eye, wall eye,
cross eye, color not matching, spayed, or neutered.