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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.06.1987.
KC
September 2000

UTILISATION

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FCI
Terrier.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 3Bull type Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier
UKC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a descendant of the Bull and Terrier crosses made in Great Britain in the late 1700's. It was given the name "Staffordshire" in reference to an area where it was very popular, to differentiate it from the other Bull and Terrier breeds. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1975.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.
KC
Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.
UKC
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth coated dog that possesses great strength for its size. Although muscular, it is active and agile.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children. Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
KC
Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
UKC
This breed has indomitable courage, high intelligence and tenacity. Coupled with its affection for its friends, and children in particular, its quietness and trustworthy stability make it an all-purpose dog.

HEAD

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FCI
Short.
KC
Short, deep though with broad skull. Very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short foreface, nose black.
UKC
The head is short and deep throughout with a distinct stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Deep through with broad skull.
UKC
The skull is broad and the cheek muscles are very pronounced.

Stop

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FCI
Distinct.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.
UKC
The nose is black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Short foreface.
KC
Lips tight and clean. Jaws strong, teeth large, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
the foreface is short, with strong jaws and clean, tight lips.

Lips

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FCI
Tight and clean.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, teeth large, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite; the outer side of the lower incisors touching the inner side of the upper incisors.

Cheeks

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FCI
Very pronounced cheek muscles.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat colour. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Eye rims dark.
KC
Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat colour. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Eye rims dark.
UKC
Dark eyes are preferred, but may bear some relation to coat color. The round, medium size eyes are set on to look straight ahead. Dark eye rims are preferred.

Ears

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FCI
Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full, drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.
KC
Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full, drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.
UKC
The rose or half-pricked ears are not large.

NECK

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FCI
Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening towards shoulders.
KC
Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening towards shoulders.
UKC
The muscular, rather short neck is clean in outline and widens gradually toward the shoulders.

BODY

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FCI
Close-coupled.
KC
Close-coupled, with level topline, wide front, deep brisket, well sprung ribs; muscular and well defined.
UKC
The body is close-coupled with a broad, deep chest and well-sprung ribs. The loins are fairly light and the topline is level.

Topline

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FCI
Level.

Chest

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FCI
Wide front, deep brisket, well sprung ribs ; muscular and well defined.

TAIL

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FCI
Medium length, low set, tapering to a point and carried rather low. Should not curl much and may be likened to an old-fashioned pump handle.
KC
Medium length, low-set, tapering to a point and carried rather low. Should not curl much and may be likened to an old-fashioned pump handle.
UKC
The medium-length tail is not docked. It is low-set, carried rather low and tapers to a point. It does not curl much, and may be likened to an old-fashioned pump handle.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Legs straight and well boned, set rather wide apart, showing no weakness at the pasterns, from which point feet turn out a little.
KC
Legs straight and well boned, set rather wide apart, showing no weakness at the pasterns, from which point feet turn out a little. Shoulders well laid back with no looseness at elbow.
UKC
The shoulders are well laid back.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back.

Elbow

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FCI
No looseness.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The straight, well-boned forelegs are set rather far apart at the shoulders, but show no looseness at the elbow. The pasterns are strong, and the feet turn out slightly.

FEET

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KC
Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black in solid coloured dogs.
UKC
The strong, medium-sized feet are well padded.

Forefeet

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FCI
Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black in solid coloured dogs.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Well muscled. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.
KC
Well muscled, hocks well let down with stifles well bent. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.
UKC
The hindquarters are well-muscled.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The stifles are well-bent. The hocks are well let down. The legs are parallel when viewed from behind. Dewclaws are generally removed from the hind legs.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Free, powerfull and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hindlegs.
KC
Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hindlegs.
UKC
The free, powerful, agile movement is accomplished with an economy of effort. When viewed from the front or the rear, the legs move parallel. There is a noticeable drive from the hind legs.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Smooth, short and close.
KC
Smooth, short and close.
UKC
The short, smooth coat is close to the skin. Neither the coat nor the whiskers are to be trimmed.

COLOUR

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FCI
Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any one of these colours with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white. Black and tan or liver colour highly undesirable.
KC
Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any one of these colours with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white. Black and tan or liver colour highly undesirable.
UKC
Acceptable colors include red, fawn, white, black, any shade of brindle, and blue, with or without white.

SIZE

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KC
Desirable height at withers 36-41 cms (14 to 16 ins), these heights being related to the weights. Weight: dogs: 13-17 kgs (28-38 lbs); bitches 11-15.4 kgs.
UKC
Height, measured at the shoulders, ranges from 14 to 16 inches. Weight ranges are as follows: dogs, 28 to 38 pounds; bitches, 24 to 34 pounds. Weight depends on the height of the individual dog.

Height at withers

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FCI
Desirable height at withers 14-16 ins. (35,5 to 40,5 cm), these heights being related to the weights.

Weight

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FCI

Weight Dogs 28-38 lbs (12,7-17 kg).
Bitches 24-34 lbs (11-15,4 kg)

FAULTS

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FCI

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.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
KC
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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC
Tail: Too long or badly curled tail.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC

Teeth: Badly overshot or undershot bites.
Ears: Full drop ear. Full prick ear.
Color: Black and tan or liver.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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