The American Staffordshire Terrior Breed Standard.
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. He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline.
Temperament: Keenly alive to his surroundings. His courage is proverbial.
Head And Skull: Head medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop. Muzzle medium length, rounded on upper side to fall away abruptly below eyes. Jaws well defined. Underjaw to be strong and have biting power. Lips close and even, no looseness. Nose definitely black, Dudley nose undesirable.
Eyes: Dark and round, low down in skull and set far apart. Light or pink eyes undesirable. No pink eyelids.
Ears: Set high. Ears should be short and held rose or half pricked. Full drop to be penalised.
Mouth: Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front. Undershot or overshot mouths undesirable.
Neck: Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.
Forequarters: Shoulders strong and muscular with blades wide and sloping. The front legs should be straight, large or round bones, pasterns upright. No resemblance of bend in front. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development.
Body: Back fairly short. Slightly sloping from withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Well sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close together. Chest deep and broad. Loins slightly tucked.
Hindquarters: Well muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out.
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. Tail too long or badly carried undesirable.
Gait/Movement: Must be springy but without roll or pace.
Coat: Short, close, stiff to the touch, and glossy.
Colour: Any colour, solid, parti, or patched is permissible, but all white, more than 80% white, black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.
Sizes: Height and weight should be in proportion.
Height: Dogs approx 46-48 cms (18-19 ins) at shoulders
Bitches approx 43-46 cms (17-18 ins) at shoulders is 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.
American Staffordshire Terrier Types
Characterized by heavier bone and more mass. This type falls more toward the bulldog ancestry. Somewhat shorter on leg and heavier moving, they also have more tendency toward looser, thicker skin.
The perfect blending of the bull and terrier background, with strength and musculature of the bulldog, and the grace and agility of the terrier. If any type should be preferred, this would be the one.
Showing a strong relationship to the terrier in the background, this body type is quick, agile, tight, sometimes leggier, lighter boned, carrying less muscle mass. This type is often very stylish and elegant. This type should not be preferred over the others, as it can be quickly exaggerated, losing the muscle mass that is desirable in the breed.
American Staffordshire Terrier Colours
- Here is "Amazon". Her color is true black and she also has almost black eyes. You know the color is true black because there is no other color present other than black- no tan tips or any other shading is present.
- Here is a seal colored dog. The color of seal can range from seeming black all the way to a chocolate shade. Some think of this as a black but it's not a true black. It has tan tipping throughout the coat or around the neck or shoulders. If the dog seems black but out in the sunlight has some sort of tan anywhere or seems 'faded'.. then it's a SEAL. The tips or lighter shading will be seen on the sides, around the shoulders and sometimes in the loin.
- Here is "Giovanni". His color is clear red. Each hair is one solid color. The eyes should be as dark brown as possible. The masking is black and the nose is black as well as all pigment is heavy and black.
- Here is a true fawn dog. She has heavy black pigment throughout her face and lips and nose- even all throughout her body and ears but not a mask. Her body coat is a true fawn all the way through with heavy black pigment underneath.
- Buckskin resembles fawn except for the black masking and black hairs down the middle of the back and dark hairs going down the tail. There is also some shading throughout the middle of the back. This can also come with several shades as the basecoat such as red, red/fawn or the traditional fawn.
- Hemi is one of our blue dogs. He is a dark blue and he has a black nose. This color can be from very light to so very dark. This is called Navy Blue and the nose is barely distingustable from black even in bright sunlight. His eyes are dark brown.
- Here is "Ceaser". He is a brightly colored blue/fawn. He has a red/fawn base coat with blueish tone to it and a black nose. Some blue/fawns have a light blue overlay.
- Here is a definite white. Not much to explain there! This one has black pigment but they can have blue pigment.
- Pied means 75% of the colour is white. The other 25% can be any other colour.
- Here is a basic brindle with red/fawn shading. He is listed as just brindle because his color is even throughout and does not seem to be a red brindle, fawn brindle or black brindle but just basic brindle.
- Here is a black brindle. He has a black base coat with the slight red/fawn brindling. There is heavy black on the body with the stripes not so heavy throughout.
- Here is a vibrant red brindle. The base coat is red and the brindling is black and sometimes can appear brownish.
- Here is a fawn base coat with brown stripes. Pigment is very dark and can either be dark brown or black.
- Here is a vibrant mahogany brindle. Note the difference between him and the red brindle is not much, the mahogany brindle is just darker and usually the brindling is brownish instead of black.
- This is "Dodge" and he's a basic blue brindle. His base coat is actually a fawn and his brindling is a medium shade of blue. Dodges nose is black. The eyes should not be light on blue brindles but it does happen. No matter what color these dogs come in, the eyes should be DARK brown.
BLACK & TAN-POINT
(also called tri-color) - Here is what a lot of people call tri color which is the same thing as or really should be called Black and Tan Point. The tan point colored dogs have a set pattern that is the same as one would see on a Rottweiler, Doberman or Manchester Terrier.
BLUE & TAN-POINT
(also called tri-color) - Here is another variation of the "tri-color". You will hear this also called a blue-tri. The points will be on the cheeks, dots over the eyes, inside of ears, somewhere on the chest, and on the bottom half of the legs and under the tail.
BLACK & BRINDLE-POINT
- Here is another variation, his coat has a black base with brindling on fronts of legs, cheeks, fronts of back legs. He has a black nose. His markings are just like as if he were a tan point but the points are brindle. This pattern can also come as a blue with brindle points.
SMUT OR SABLE
- Here is what many people call a smut or sable. The base coat is fawn but she has a heavy black overlay that creates a heart-shaped pattern on the face. It is not the same as a tri-color or tan point. Sometimes the overlay will be heavier and sometimes it will be very light. The overlay can also appear as a darker red over the fawn or in blues as a darker blue/fawn overlay. This is essentially just a buckskin with a very heavy overlay.
Information Sourced From Amstaff Network.
Ancestors of the American Staffordshire terrier were bred to be fighting dogs of indomitable spirit. Responsible breeders have focused on creating a dog with a sound, reliable temperament around humans. That breeding history is why many AmStaffs (as their friends call them) have incredibly trustworthy temperaments with their families. The average AmStaff is playful, gentle and tolerant. Most well-socialized AmStaffs are good with children, but as with any dog, AmStaffs and children should always be supervised when together. Interaction with other animals, especially other dogs, should be closely monitored.
The AmStaff wasn't meant to be a hop-to-it obedience whiz, and he isn't. If you try to force him, he will always win. If you try to make it a game, he will always play, and you will both win. Despite its tough dog persona the AmStaff is a breed that loves to love.