American Staffordshire Terrier
|General Appearance||The American 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 and Skull||Medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop; and ears are set high.|
|Eyes||Dark and round, low down in skull and set far apart.
No pink eyelids.
|Ears||Cropped or uncropped, the latter preferred. Uncropped ears should be short and held rose or half prick.
Full drop to be penalized.
|Mouth||Jaws well defined. Underjaw to be strong and have biting power. Lips close and even, no looseness.
Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front. Nose definitely black.
|Neck||Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.|
|Forequarters||Strong and muscular shoulders with blades wide and sloping.
The front legs should be straight, large or round bones, pastern upright. No semblance of bend in front.
|Body||Well-sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close together. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development.
Chest deep and broad.
|Hindquarters||Fairly short back, slight sloping from withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Loins slightly tucked.
Hindquarters well-muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out.
|Feet||Feet of moderate size, well-arched and compact.|
|Tail||Short in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point; not curled or held over back. Not docked.|
|Gait/Movement||Gait must be springy but without roll or pace.|
|Coat||Short, close, stiff to the touch, and glossy.|
|Colour||Any color, solid, parti, or patched is permissible, but all white, more than 80 per cent white, black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.|
|Size||Height and weight should be in proportion. A height of about 18 to 19 inches at shoulders for the male and 17 to 18 inches for the female is to be considered preferable.|
|Faults||Faults to be penalized are: Dudley nose, light or pink eyes, tail too long or badly carried, undershot or overshot mouths.|