Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.
Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children.
Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
Head and Skull
Short, deep though with broad skull. Very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short foreface, nose black.
Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat colour. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Eye rims dark.
Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full, drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.
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.
Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening towards shoulders.
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.
Close-coupled, with level topline, wide front, deep brisket, well sprung ribs; muscular and well defined.
Well muscled, hocks well let down with stifles well bent. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.
Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black in solid coloured dogs.
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.
Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hindlegs.
Smooth, short and close.
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.
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.
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Common health problems
As with any breed, irresponsible breeding can cause the spread of hereditary genetic flaws .Tests is performed to protect against these genetic conditions .Two of the conditions that can be detected by DNA testing are L2 - HGA and HC .These tests needed to be done only once . There are two additional factors that can be controlled by means of an ocular examination throughout the life of a stud dog or brood bitch to minimize the transmission and dissemination of these conditions.
The first is distachiasis (known as "double eyelash " ) where eyelashes are set incorrectly and may begin to rub against the eye , particularly the cornea , causing ocular surface damage .
The second is Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (or PHPV ) which is a condition where the blood supply to the ocular lens fails to regress and fibrovascular tissue forms causing hazy vision .
The breed is known to be susceptible to melanoma , often seen in the abdominal area when staffies loves to sunbathe on the back.
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