Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Appearance

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium sized powerhouse but is quite agile. The head is broad and the jaw is strong. The muzzle is short with very distinct cheek muscles and a clearly defined stop. The round eyes are dark, however the color may be lighter if it compliments the color of the coat. Very light eyes or pink eyelids are a fault unless the skin around the eyes is also pink. The nose should always be black and the teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The ears may either be half-pricked or rose shaped. The neck is short but thick and muscular. The chest is broad, the brisket deep and the topline level. Rear dewclaws should be removed and front dewclaws are optional. The short, smooth coat lies flat against the body. The Coat of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is short and smooth, and lies close to the skin. It comes in colors of red, fawn, white, black or blue. They may be solid or white with another color. Staffords also come in brindle or brindle and white. They should never, however, be black and tan or liver.

Size and Weight

The ideal height range for Staffordshire Bull Terriers is from 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder. Males should weigh from 28 to 38 pounds and females should weigh 24 to 34 pounds. The height and weight should be proportionate and the dog should be as long as he is tall.

Coat and Color

The Coat of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is short and smooth, and lies close to the skin. It comes in colors of red, fawn, white, black or blue. They may be solid or white with another color. Staffords also come in brindle or brindle and white. They should never, however, be black and tan or liver.

Grooming Needs

Staffords shed their entire coat annually, and shed moderately the rest of the year. Regular brushing will keep loose hair under control. They do not emit a dog odor, so bathe only as needed.

Check the ears on a weekly basis for signs of infection, irritation, or wax build up. Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Brush the teeth at least once per week to prevent tartar buildup and fight gum disease. Additionally, nails should be trimmed once per month if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally.

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