Standard or description of the anatomy and nature of the ideal American Staffordshire Terrier





Secretariat General: 13, Place Albert I – B 6530 THUIN (Belgie)

FCI -Standard  N° 286 / 01.12.1997/ GB




American Staffordshire Terrier







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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

- 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.



NOTE : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.