Pit Bull Terrier (AMERICAN
FCI -Standard N° 286 /
ORIGIN : U.S.A.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE VALID ORIGINAL STANDARD
FCI CLASSIFICATION : Group 3 Terriers.
Section 3 Bull type Terriers.
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : The 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
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : broad.
Stop : Distinct.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Definitely black.
Muzzle : Medium length, rounded on upper side to
fall away abruptly below the eyes.
Lips : Close and even ; no looseness.
Jaws/Teeth : Well defined. Under jaw strong and
to have biting power. Upper teeth to meet tightly
outside lower teeth in front.
Cheeks : Very pronounced cheek muscles.
Eyes : Dark, round, low down in skull, set far apart.
No pink eyelids.
Ears : Set high. Cropped or uncropped, the latter
preferred. Uncropped ears should be short and held
rose or half prick. Full drop to be penalized.
NECK : Heavy, slightly arched,
tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness
of skin. Medium length.
Topline : Back fairly short. Slight sloping from
withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump
to base of tail.
Loins : Slightly tucked.
Chest : Deep and broad. Well sprung ribs; close
together, deep in rear.
TAIL : Short in comparison
to size, low set, tapering to fine point; not curled
or carried over back. Not docked.
FOREQUARTERS : Front legs straight,
with large bones. Set rather wide apart to permit
Shoulders : Strong and muscular, with blades wide
and sloping. Pastern : Upright.
HINDQUARTERS : Well muscled.
Hocks : Let down, turning neither in nor out.
FEET : Of moderate size, well
arched and compact.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Springy but
without roll or pace.
HAIR : Short, close, stiff
to the touch, glossy.
COLOUR : Any colour, solid,
particolour, or patched is permissible; but more
than 80% white, black and tan, and liver not to
SIZE : Height and weight should
be in proportion. A height of about eighteen to
nineteen inches (46 48 cm) at the shoulder for the
male and seventeen to eighteen inches (43 46 cm)
for the female to be considered preferable.
FAULTS : 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
• Dudley nose.
• Undershot or overshot mouth.
• Light eyes.
• Pink eyelids.
• Tail too long or badly carried.
Any dog clearly showing physical
or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should
have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.