American Staffordshire Terrier Coat and Nose Colours

American Staffordshire Terrier Coat and Nose Colours
January 5, 2019

American Staffordshire Terriers come in a vast array of different coat colours. Notable efforts have been made by breeders and preservers of the American Staffordshire Terrier to keep the diversity of coat colours in the breed.

American Staffordshire Terriers are one of the only breeds where all coat colours are permitted. All of the coat colour variations have been outlined below along with a description to help you distinguish one colour from the rest. The colour of the nose will depend on the colour of the coat, so we’ve outlined the various coat colours along with the distinguishing features down below.

Black American Staffordshire Terriers are a true black breed, even the eyes and nose will be black an there will be no hint of colour found elsewhere on the dog.

Each hair should be solid red in the coat and the dog should have dark brown eyes, whereas the masking and nose will be heavily pigmented and black. 

Fawn American Staffordshire Terriers carry a heavy black pigmentation through their lips, nose, and face. This also extends all the way through the fur with the black pigment lying underneath the fawn fur. 

Brindle for American Staffordshire Terriers is the basic red/fawn shading – this is different to the colours you will see from a red brindle, black brindle or fawn brindle which are all separate coat colours. Nose colour can be either black or red.

Fawn Brindle 
Fawn base with brown stripes and dark pigment which can either be black or dark brown, with a black nose.

Black Brindle 
Black base with red or fawn brindling with light stripes throughout and a black nose.

Red Brindle 
Vibrant red base coat with brindling which is usually black, however, can sometimes appear to be brown, yet the nose should always be black.

Mahogany Brindle 
The difference between mahogany brindle and red brindle is only slight, the main distinction is the lighter brown brindling for the mahogany brindle instead of just black. With a black nose.

Blue Brindle
Blue Brindle coats can vary, yet, generally, the base coat will be fawn while the brindling is a shade of medium blue. Blue brindles should also have blue noses the same as with a blue coat. Yet, remember, no matter what shade the coat is, the eyes should be dark brown. 

Blue coats can also vary in lightness or darkness, some blue coats may be so dark in colour that they appear to be black yet has the same blue nose and dark brown eyes.

Blue Fawn
Dogs with blue fawn coats should have a red or fawn base with a bluish tone and a blue nose. 

Seal coats may also appear to be brown, whilst others can look black, just not a ‘true’ black. Tan tipping features throughout the coat which usually appears on the shoulders or neck. This may also give the dog the look of a black dog who has been left out in the sun for too long. The nose is usually black but can also appear to be brown.

Smut & Sable
Fawn base with a heavy black overlay that can create heart-shaped patterns around the face. The overlay can be heavy or light, it can also appear as dark red, or blue over a fawn overlay. 

There are two kinds of tri-colour coats for American Staffordshire Terriers, black point and tan point, and blue and tan point. This is the pattern you would expect to see on a Manchester Terrier, a Doberman or a Rottweiler. Nose colours will depend on the point colour of the coat. 

Black with Brindle Point
A black base with brindling on cheeks, fronts of legs, backs of legs – similar to tan point dogs, aside from the points are brindle. With a black nose.

This one is fairly explanatory, but the colour will be a pure white which may be in the presence of a blue or black pigment. Noses are usually pink but can also be blue or black depending on the genetics of the dog.