The first two Staffords registered
in the USA:
Bandits Belle Lettres & Bandits
Firestreak Red Rover
Did you know?
This dog needs some form of
rigorous physical activity
to maintain proper muscle
Has great affection for people.
Was recognized by the Kennel
Club of England in 1935.
Admitted to registration in the
American Kennel Stud Book
effective October 1, 1974.
So you want to own a Staffordshire
Staffordshire Bull Terriers
are gentle, affectionate,
trustworthy, and loyal.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
requires a rigorous exercise
regime to maintain his
muscle tone. He will
live happily in the city
or the country as long as
he is given a good physical
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth-coated dog. It should
be of great strength for its size and, although muscular, should
be active and agile.
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.
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
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.
The hindquarters should be well 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. Feet
as in front.
Smooth, short and close to the skin, not to be trimmed or de-whiskered.
Color 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.
Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel
when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hind
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.
Black-and-tan or liver color.
Approved November 14, 1989
Effective January 1, 1990