American Staffordshire Terriers - Australia
GENERAL IMPRESSION: 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.
CHARACTERISTICS: (Not specified)
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 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 penalized.
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,
pastern upright. No resemblance of bend in front. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development.
BODY: Back fairly short. Slight 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: 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 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.
SIZE: Height and weight should be in proportion.
Height: Males about 18 to 19 inches at shoulders.
Bitches: 17 to 18 inches at shoulder is considered preferable.
FAULTS: Any departure from the forgoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the faults should be regarded
should be in exact proportion to it's degree.
NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.