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Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Breed Standard

Patrick Steven
 


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If you're interested in bringing home a Staffordshire bull terrier then you need to know what the Breed Standard for these dogs is. A Breed Standard is an established guideline followed in a country and is very often is exactly the same across nations. It relates to the ideal characteristics of an animal. A Staffie that confirms to the breed standard will be fully fit to execute all its functions and live a healthy life.

Of course, instinct too plays a role and that is what makes us human; it defines our relationship with pets. So, take your instincts with you when you go looking to bring home a Staffordshire bull terrier.

In appearance, a Staffie should have a smooth coat of short hair. It should appear well-balanced, exude strength of body and jaws and move around with agility. The breed is bold, courageous, tenacious, intelligent, and very good with children. These attributes define its temperament. It's worth noting that the Staffordshire bull terrier is the only breed that has “totally reliable" mentioned as one of its qualities.

The head and skull are the most distinguishing feature of this breed. The pup should have a broad skull that is proportionate to the body. The Staffie has a shiny black nose. A pink nose is considered a drawback. It has a short foreface. The animal is expected to present half-pricked ears; full-pricked or drooped ears are considered undesirable. The mouth is large with the teeth presenting a scissor bite, i. e. the upper and lower jaws meet squarely.

The males weigh between 28 to 38 pounds and stand 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulders. Corresponding figures for females are up to 34 pounds in weight and around 13 to 15 inches in height. The breed is a fine example of proportion. The distance from the withers to the tail set is the same as the distance from the withers to the ground.

A muscular neck leads to a deep chest and wide shoulders. The waist is narrow. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has an undocked tail compared to a pump handle. It is low-set and neither too long or too short.

The forelegs are straight and not too close. The feet are nicely padded; dewclaws may be present or removed. The hind legs are muscular with the hocks let down. Feet are facing straight ahead. The hind legs appear nicely parallel when viewed from behind.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier's gait is smooth and powerful free from any single overwhelming movement. The movement is driven by the hind legs.

Red, fawn, black, or blue are amongst the acceptable coat colors. Black and tan is not a desirable color combination for this breed.

Steven is a staffy owner who loves to share his knowledge, experience, love and passion for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier with people from all walks of life. For more information about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier visit my website at Staffordshire Bull Terrier Info Nederland .

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