American Staffordshire Terrier Colours

BLACK - Here is "Diamond". Her color is true black and she also has almost black eyes. You know the color is true black because there is no other color present other than black- no tan tips or any other shading is present.

SEAL - Here "Cleo" and she is a seal colored dog. She actually looks like a chocolate in this pic. The color of seal can range from seeming black all the way to a chocolate shade. Some think of this as a black but it's not a true black. It has tan tipping throughout the coat or around the neck or shoulders. If the dog seems black but out in the sunlight has some sort of tan anywhere or seems 'faded'.. then it's a SEAL.  The tips or lighter shading will be seen on the sides, around the shoulders and sometimes in the loin.

RED - Here is "Rocket". His color is clear red. Each hair is one solid color. The eyes should be as dark brown as possible. The masking is black and the nose is black as well as all pigment is heavy and black.

FAWN - Here is "Dixie". She is a true fawn dog. She has heavy black pigment throughout her face and lips and nose- even all throughout her body and ears but not a mask. Her body coat is a true fawn all the way through with heavy black pigment underneath.

BUCKSKIN - Here is "Uno". Buckskin resembles fawn except for the black masking and black hairs down the middle of the back and dark hairs going down the tail. There is also some shading throughout the middle of the back. This can also come with several shades as the basecoat such as red, red/fawn or the traditional fawn.


BLUE - "Willy" is the first dog. He is a basic blue and he has a blue nose. This color can be from very light to so very dark it almost appears black. The second dog "Zeus" represents how dark blue can be! This is called Navy Blue and the nose is barely distingustable from black even in bright sunlight. His eyes are dark brown.

BLUE/FAWN - Here is "Tonya". She is a brightly colored blue/fawn. She has a red/fawn base coat with blueish tone to it and a blue nose. Some blue/fawns have such a light blue overlay and such a dark blue nose that it's hard to tell if they whether they are red or blue/fawn.

WHITE - Here is "Bully". He is a definite white. Not much to explain there! This one has black pigment but they can have blue pigment.

BRINDLE - Here is "Tyler". He is a basic brindle with red/fawn shading. He is listed as just brindle because his color is even throughout and does not seem to be a red brindle, fawn brindle or black brindle but just basic brindle.

BLACK BRINDLE - Here is "Eli". He is a black brindle. He has a black base coat with the slight red/fawn brindling. There is heavy black on the body with the stripes not so heavy throughout.


RED BRINDLE - Here is "Granata". He is a vibrant red brindle. The base coat is red and the brindling is black and sometimes can appear brownish.

FAWN BRINDLE - Here is "Bonnie". She has a fawn base coat with brown stripes. Her pigment is very dark and can either be dark dark brown or black.

MAHOGANY BRINDLE - Here is "Magic". He is a vibrant mahogany brindle. Note the difference between him and the red brindle is not much!! The mahogany brindle is just darker and usually the brindling is brownish instead of black.


BLUE BRINDLE - The first dog is "Deacon" and he's a basic blue brindle. His base coat is actually a fawn and his brindling is a medium shade of blue. The second one is "Voodoo" and she is a silver blue brindle- she has a fawn base coat with light blue brindling. Both have blue noses. Deacon's nose is almost black and Voodoo's nose is a basic blue. The eyes should not be light on blue brindles but it does matter what color these dogs come in, the eyes should be DARK (brown!). Deacon's eyes are a dark brown and I am not sure of Voodoo's.

BLACK and TAN POINT (also called tri-color) - Here is "Taz". He is what a lot of people call tri color which is the same thing as or really should be called Black and Tan Point. The tan point colored dogs have a set pattern that is the same as one would see on a Rottweiler, Doberman or Manchester Terrier.


BLUE and TAN POINT (also called tri-color) - Here is "Disco". She is another variation of the "tri-color". You will hear this also called a blue-tri. The points will be on the cheeks, dots over the eyes, inside of ears, somewhere on the chest, and on the bottom half of the legs and under the tail.

BLACK with BRINDLE POINTS - Here is "Willey". His coat has a black base with brindling on fronts of legs, cheeks, fronts of back legs. He has a black nose. His markings are just like as if he were a tan point but the points are brindle. This pattern can also come as a blue with brindle points

SMUT or SABLE - Here is "Dixie". She is what many people call a smut or sable. Her base coat is fawn but she has a heavy black overlay that creates a heart-shaped pattern on the face. It is not the same as a tri-color or tan point. Sometimes the overlay will be heavier and sometimes it will be very light. The overlay can also appear as a darker red over the fawn or in blues as a darker blue/fawn overlay. This is essentially just a buckskin with a very heavy overlay.

Reference: Amstaff Network


Color in the American Staffordshire Terrier by William F. Peterson

Our breed is available in a wide range of colors. Nearly all colors common to dogs can be found in Staffs. I don't believe there is a breed with a wider range of colors. There is a color for everyone. This adds considerable interest to the breed, as there is much truth in the old adage, "Variety is the spice of life."

Brindle, the most common, and probably the most popular color, is seen in a broad range, from black through all shades of fawn and blue. The degree of brindling varies from very heavy, broad striping to sparse, thin, sometimes barely discernible lines. Many dogs referred to as black are really black-brindle. They appear solid black when the brindle stripes are black on a black field. Only by breeding one of these to a solid colored dog, other than another black brindle, can the true color be determined.  If bred to a fawn, a true black, without brindling, will not produce brindles.

Apparently, there is yet another type of black. This is really a very dark version of a smutty brown. This smut color can also be seen as a light-grayish or dusky tan (not to be confused with the blues), but can occur so dark as to appear black. There is, in my opinion, only one true black.  This is the pure, jet black, with no brindling or shading of a lighter color.  These are not often seen, but a good one, particularly if nicely marked with white, is a very handsome animal.

Several variations of fawn exist in the breed. Most often seen is the red fawn, but actually, few can really be called red. The intense, bright-pigmented reds seem to be few and far between.  Most fawns are closer to yellow than red. Some concentrated  effort by breeders might be advisable to improve the intensity of the pigmentation in the red fawn color. This could be done by utilizing good bright reds in conjunction with true blacks. Successful results have been achieved in the Staffordshire's cousin breed, the Bull Terrier, by mating black and tans to color-bred whites. This, apparently, has been proven to produce very richly colored brindles and bright reds, but since our breed standard calls for the discouragement of both whites and black and tans, the use of these colors is certainly cause for criticism.

Another shade of fawn is the buckskin fawn, occurring in various shades of tan. Often the hairs are light at the base and much darker at the tips. Sometimes this color is accompanied by a darker streak, or trace, running the length of the back.

Yet another fawn color is seen in the blue fawn. These vary from nearly white to almost a red, distinguishable by the typically slate-colored nose and hazel eyes, as seen also on the dilute-black blue dogs.  Persons not aware of these dilutions being permissible in the breed may be inclined to fault these dogs for a light eye. If the eye color is as dark as the coat, no penalty should be imposed.

All of these fawns can be seen with or without the black mask, most frequently without it.  Apparently, this mask factor is one that is easily lost, which may be something else worthy of the breeder's concern. I think a brightly pigmented fawn with a black mask is a beautiful color, and would hate to see it die out.

Occasionally, a grizzle, or agouti-colored Staff is seen, but these are comparatively rare, and in my kennel the several that have been whelped have died soon after birth.  Possibly this color may be accompanied by a lethal factor.