American Staffordshire Terrier
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---Medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop; and ears are set high.
Neck---Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from
shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.
Shoulders---Strong and muscular with blades
wide and sloping.
Back---Fairly short. Slight sloping from
withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Loins slightly
Body---Well-sprung ribs, deep in rear. All
ribs close together. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development.
Chest deep and broad.
Tail---Short in comparison to size, low set,
tapering to a fine point; not curled or held over back. Not docked.
Legs---The front legs should be straight,
large or round bones, pastern upright. No resemblance of bend in front.
Hindquarters well-muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out. Feet
of moderate size, well arched and compact. Gait must be springy but without roll
Coat---Short, close, stiff to the touch, and
Colour---Any colour, 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.