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AKC American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Standard

Discussion in 'AST History' started by CoolHandJean, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    Terrier Group

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    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, keenly alive to his surroundings. He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline. His courage is proverbial.

    Head
    Medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop; and ears are set high. Ears - Cropped or uncropped, the latter preferred. Uncropped ears should be short and held rose or half prick. Full drop to be penalized. Eyes - Dark and round, low down in skull and set far apart. No pink eyelids. 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. Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front. Nose definitely black.

    Neck
    Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.

    Shoulders
    Strong and muscular with blades wide and sloping.

    Back
    Fairly short. Slight sloping from withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Loins slightly tucked.

    Body
    Well-sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close together. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development. Chest deep and broad.

    Tail
    Short in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point; not curled or held over back. Not docked.

    Legs
    The front legs should be straight, large or round bones, pastern upright. No semblance of bend in front. Hindquarters well-muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out. Feet of moderate size, well-arched and compact. Gait must be springy but without roll or pace.

    Coat
    Short, close, stiff to the touch, and glossy.

    Color
    Any color, solid, parti, or patched is permissible, but all white, more than 80 per cent white, black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.

    Size
    Height and weight should be in proportion. A height of about 18 to 19 inches at shoulders for the male and 17 to 18 inches for the female is to be considered preferable.

    Faults
    Faults to be penalized are: Dudley nose, light or pink eyes, tail too long or badly carried, undershot or overshot mouths.

    Approved June 10, 1936
     
  2. kiaransimba

    kiaransimba Good Dog

    CHJ Do you know what the ave weight is for a female. Kiara is 9 mnths old and is a lil over 19 ins tall and weights about 58-61lbs. She deffinately wouldn't win any comformation classes tho...lol after reading this I can find all kinds of faults with her...lol But shes my girl :) and I love her the way she is
     
  3. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    I am not 100% on the weight.
    The standard just say that it has to be in proportion to the height.
     
  4. kiaransimba

    kiaransimba Good Dog

    okay thanks, I was just curious...lol
     
  5. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    I am no expert, but I think 50-60 range is fine with a 19 inch dog.
     
  6. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    Yes, the historical dog the Standard was written to describe averaged about 18" - 19" and 48 - 60 pounds; with bitches 17" - 18" and 42 - 55 pounds.

    Carla
     
  7. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    Thanks, Carla.
     
  8. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    I think it's interesting to compare the AST standard to a couple of others. Here is the original SBT standard when that breed was recognized in England in 1935 - just a year before the ST was recognized by AKC.

    
    GENERAL APPEARANCE - The SBT is a smooth-coated dog, standing about 15"-18" high at the shoulder. He should give the impression of great strength for his size, and although muscular should be active and agile.
    HEAD - Short, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short foreface, mouth level.
    EARS - Rose, half prick and prick; these three to be preferred, full drop to be penalized.
    EYES - Dark
    NECK - Should be muscular and rather short.
    BODY - Short back, deep brisket, light in loins with forelegs set rather wide apart to permit of chest development.
    FRONT LEGS - Straight, feet well padded, to turn out a little and showing no weakness at pasterns.
    HIND LEGS - Hindquarters well muscled, let down at hocks like a terrier.
    COAT - Short, smooth and close to skin.
    TAIL - The tail should be of medium length tapering to a point and carried rather low; it should not curl much and may be compared with an old-fashioned pump handle.
    WEIGHT - Dogs 28 - 38 lbs. Bitches 4 lbs. less.
    COLOR - May be any shade of brindle, black, white, fawn or red, or any of these colors with white. Black and tan and liver not to be encouraged.
    FAULTS TO BE PENALIZED - Dudley nose, light or pink eyes (rims), tail too long or badly curled, badly undershot or overshot mouths.

    And here is the UKC APBT Standard in effect in 1936:

    HEAD - Medium length, bricklike in shape, skull flat and widest at the ears, with prominent cheeks, free from wrinkles.
    MUZZLE - Square, wide and deep, well pronounced jaws, displaying strength. Upper teeth to meet tightly over lower teeth, outside in front.
    EARS - Cropped or uncropped (not important), should set high on head, and free from wrinkles.
    EYES - Dark and round; should set far apart low down on skull.
    NOSE - Black preferred with wide open nostrils.
    NECK - Muscular, slightly arched, tapering from shoulder to head, free from looseness of skin.
    SHOULDERS - Strong and muscular with wide sloping shoulder blades.
    BACK - Short and strong, slightly slopng from withers to rump.
    Slightly arched at loins which should be slightly tucked.
    CHEST - Deep but not too broad, with wide sprung ribs.
    RIBS - Close, well-sprung, with deep back ribs.
    TAIL - Short in comparison to size, set low and tapering to a fine point, not carried over the back.
    LEGS - Large round boned, with straight upright pasterns reasonably strong. Feet to be of medium size. Gait should be light and springy. No rolling or pacing.
    THIGHS - Long with muscles developed. Hocks down and straight.
    COAT - Glossy, short and stiff to the touch.
    COLOR - Any color or marking permissible.
    WEIGHT - Not important. Females preferred from thirty to fifty pounds. Males from thirty-five to sixty pounds.










     

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