The Standard

The breed Standard

Group : n°3 – Terriers

Section: Bull type Terriers
Date of acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI: 10/21/1954
Date of publication of the official valid standard: 6/24/1987
Breed status: Recognized on a definitive basis
Country of origin of the breed: GREAT BRITAIN
Working trial: Not subject to a working trial according to the FCI breeds nomenclature

St-FCI n°76/20.01.1998
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 3 Terriers.
Section 3 Bull type Terriers.
Without working trial.

This illustration does not necessarily show the ideal example of the breed.


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©M.Davidson, illustr. NKU Picture Library

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Smooth-coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.
BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children. Bold, fearless and totally reliable.
HEAD : Short.
Skull : Deep through with broad skull.
Stop : Distinct.
Nose : Black.
Muzzle : Short fore-face.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, teeth large, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw.
Lips : Tight and clean.
Cheeks : Very pronounced cheek muscles.
Eyes : Dark preferred but may bear some relation to coat color. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Eye rims dark.
Ears : Rose or half pricked, not large or heavy. Full, drop or pricked ears highly undesirable.
NECK : Muscular, rather short, clean in outline gradually widening towards shoulders.
BODY : Close-coupled.
Topline : Level.
Chest : Wide front, deep brisket, well sprung ribs ; muscular and well defined.
TAIL : 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.



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.
Elbows : No looseness.
HINDQUARTERS : Well muscled. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.
Stifles : Well bent.
Hocks : Well let down.
FEET : Well padded, strong and of medium size. Nails black in solid colored dogs.
GAIT/ MOVEMENT : Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hind legs.

HAIR : Smooth, short and close.
COLOR : red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any one of these colors with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white. Black and tan or liver color highly undesirable.

SIZE AND WEIGHT : Desirable height at withers : 14-16 ins. (35,5 to 40,5 cm), these heights being related to the weights.

Weight : Dogs : 28-38 lbs (12,7-17 kg). Bitches : 24-34 lbs (11-15,4 kg)

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 degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.


  • Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
  • Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation, should be used for breeding.

Illustrated Standard

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