NEALIE, MARINA, BAY & FELIX become the first four Staffords to earn the AKC Virtual Home Manners titles. Wavemaker Staffords continue to hold the record for Staffords earning more firsts in the breed!

Staffords are a huge part of our lives, but breeding them was never how we paid our bills like so many breeders. We usually only breed when we are seeking a new Stafford for ourselves and are looking to improve upon what we had. When we sell a Stafford puppy we are there with our buyers for the life of that Stafford for support and mentorship. We do not sell for breeding purposes, but prefer companion, enrichment and performance homes seeking a naturally bred, raw fed and health tested puppy. We recommend when looking for a puppy raised look for those who follow enrichment protocols and have a similar value system to the above scenario. Be prepared to wait for the right puppy from a trusted breeder. Be sure they are quite clear and open about the type of homes their dogs are sold to. A good breeder will prefer homes which help their dogs succeed in life not just in a ring.


  • SBTCA  – former officers
  • SBTC (UK)

Our commitment to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

While we have only been in this breed for 19 years,  we have thrown ourselves wholeheartedly into learning about Staffords. We are recognized AKC Breeders of Merit Bronze level.  We try to attend the large Specialty & Supported shows no matter how far away they are. We regularly travel to UK & Australia to attend and show at large Stafford shows, visit friends and get our hands on as many Staffords as we can. We have shown our Staffords at UK Champ shows and at Crufts. We meet as many other Stafford enthusiasts as we can and involve ourselves in debates whenever possible. Neither of us is afraid to not only ask questions or voice our opinions about the breed and its future, but we are also willing to change our minds when opened to more information that proves us wrong. We have titled many Staffords to their CH  – GCH and put many performance titles on all of our dogs.

     We continually study the history, structure and interpretations of the breed standard, reading all we can, interviewing those immersed in Staffords longer than us and actively making attempts at preserving its future.  Lynn has judged Specialty Sweepstakes many times and these experiences add to her knowledge of the breed.  We are students of the breed, not just breeders.

 We are involved in helping to educate and fight for our rights when it comes to our dogs, no matter the breed.

    Lynn runs several Café Press shops, one of which raises awareness and money to help fight unfair canine legislation. Thousands have been raised in donations to aid Stafford rescue and rehome.  Thankdog – All Breeds Equal. Wavemaker Staffords merchandise may be purchased at another website  Wavemaker Staffords Merchandise. She also creates advertisements for several canine magazines including Showsight, Staff Status and others. She does canine photography as a hobby and is sometimes willing to do photoshoots in exchange for donations to Stafford rescue through The Stafford Knot, Inc.

She also is the Sr. editor & Creative Director for The Stafford Knot, Inc., an online non profit 501c3 publication promoting health testing in Staffords and which benefits SBT rescue. TSK also promotes Health Testing in Staffords and has all the information you need to find where to get your Stafford tested. TSK has donated tens of thousands to Stafford rescues worldwide. Together with Tom Jacob, who is the CTO for TSK, Lynn has created The Shops at TSK which is an online ‘mall’ where original and custom Stafford specific merchandise can be purchased with proceeds going to the TSK Stafford rescue fund or sometimes to fund raisers to breed specific clubs. The designs are unique to TSK (Lynn is the artist) and the quality of the merchandise is excellent.

Lynn is the creator and creative director of the most comprehensive Illustrated Breed Standard here in the US which has been used at Stafford Breed Seminars in 12+ countries and translated into several languages for use around the world. This project was created by volunteers around the world and is a compilation of efforts edited and marketed by Lynn in partnership with Jason Nicolai (Homebrewed). There have been attempts at imitations and our text has even been used in other projects but we are the original. Even the Parent Club in UK is using our project at their seminars and the AKC parent club sourced the majority of its text for their version from TSK!

Tremendous thank you to Maurizio Molinari for his donations of illustrations to this project along with the print and eBook versions. These are for sale thru the publisher and all profit from the sales goes to rescue. Look above at the link to purchase.

Lynn is also the co-founder of SBT Mentor which is a new education program for Stafford enthusiasts to learn more about the breed and offer volunteer relationships for mentoring opportunities. Please join in the conversations on the SBT Mentor FB page. We are working on educational videos as well.

     Aside from our everyday interest with our own dogs our further canine related involvements include PetPAC and American Temperament Testing Society, where Lynn was involved in the beginning stages of a Provisional Judge training program. This involves the intense study of canine behavior and temperaments.

     Lynn has completed Emergency Animal Rescue Services training where she then assisted in reuniting people and pets after Katrina and fire related disasters. While she has been specifically trained for on site temporary sheltering of animals in disaster torn areas, her main focus was computer-aided recovery.

Our dogs, and dogs we have bred,  have earned American Kennel Club Championships & Grand Championships, United Kennel Club Championships & Grand Championships, AKC Star Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen AwardsATTS TT titles, AKC and UKC Rally Obedience titles, Weight Pull & Lure Coursing (1st two CAX in the breed), Barn Hunt, Dock Diving titles (many 1sts in the breed including 1st DMX title, 1st AJX title) one NADD Hall of Fame inductee and are in ongoing training for Agility, Rally, Scent Work, Obedience, Medical Alert, Service & Therapy training & show handling. One of our Staffords is one of the only AKC Breed Ambassadors. This involved visiting schools, libraries and groups of children in order for them to read to her, and learn about appropriate dog/child interactions.

They are very much a part of our lives.

Our Staffords have truly been an inspiration in our lives and to a fault, our obsession!

  • Further Involvement:
  • Creator, Senior Editor, Creative Director for ‘The Stafford Knot” online publication – a 501c3 non profit
  • Created, designed and edited currently used SBT Judge & Breeder Education Seminar used worldwide
  • Teaching Responsible Dog Ownership utilizing AKC handouts & information
  • Working with legislators to assist in writing better canine laws
  • Studying information on Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), dog laws, canine education & writing letters & speeches, as well as forwarding information & helping others fight unfair canine legislation. (Most statistics the media quotes is not accurate and since Lynn worked in the media and is very involved in canine legislation, she is the perfect candidate to assist in researching the truth and educating those who ask.)
  • Designed and raised funding for Stafford specific sculptures, collars, bracelets, ornaments, drawings and more used a trophies and fundraisers
  • Hosted and organized numerous RDO, obedience demonstrations and Breed booths at public events with & without other bull breed club members.
  • Served on the Legislative committee for SBTCA
  • Served on the Rescue committee for SBTCA
  • Served on the Staff Status committee for SBTCA
  • Created the Sunshine  committee for SBTCA 
  • Worked on several constituent committees to advise Georgia Representatives on updating Georgia and Alabama canine laws
  • Wrote monthly newsletter for Spire Midtown dog owners which focuses on living with dogs in city and high rise living, etiquette, training & socialization issues.
  • Spoke at hearings & trials for canine legislative issues in GA & Alabama
  • Served as ring steward for Dixie Stewards in Rally & ObedienceServed as Ring Steward at conformation Specialties and Supported shows
  • Judged puppy and veteran sweepstakes at several specialty shows.
  • Served on SBTCA committees for Regional & National Specialty shows
  • Designed logos for specialty shows across the country including Great Western Terrier Association, SBTCA, Area 2 SBTCA
  • Run several Café Press shops which raise money to help educate Responsible Dog Ownership & write better canine legislation
  • Personally raised many thousands of dollars for SBTCA
  • Social media director on IG for SBTCA, SBT Mentor, TSK and WVMKR
  • Active support for Stafford rescue including breed identification, transport, spay/neuter & rescue placement for SBTCA, fund raising & foster care.
  • Lynn was former Secretary for SBTCA Board of Directors
  • Jim was former Area 2 Director for SBTCA Board of Directors
  • Hosted several rescue fund raisers – Stafftoberfest
  • In charge of marketing for SBTCA

Breed Standard

Breed Standard (AKC version)
Terrier Group

General Appearance
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth-coated dog. It should be of great strength for its size and, although muscular, should be active and agile.

Size, Proportion, Substance
Height at shoulder: 14 to 16 inches. Weight: Dogs, 28 to 38 pounds; bitches, 24 to 34 pounds, these heights being related to weights. Non-conformity with these limits is a fault. In proportion, the length of back, from withers to tail set, is equal to the distance from withers to ground.

Short, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, short foreface, black nose. Pink (Dudley) nose to be considered a serious fault. Eyes–Dark preferable, but may bear some relation to coat color. Round, of medium size, and set to look straight ahead. Light eyes or pink eye rims to be considered a fault, except that where the coat surrounding the eye is white the eye rim may be pink. Ears–Rose or half-pricked and not large. Full drop or full prick to be considered a serious fault. Mouth–A bite in which the outer side of the lower incisors touches the inner side of the upper incisors.The lips should be tight and clean. The badly undershot or overshot bite is a serious fault.

Neck, Topline, Body
The neck is muscular, rather short, clean in outline and gradually widening toward the shoulders. The body is close coupled, with a level topline, wide front, deep brisket and well sprung ribs being rather light in the loins. The tail is undocked, of medium length, low set, tapering to a point and carried rather low. It should not curl much and may be likened to an old-fashioned pump handle. A tail that is too long or badly curled is a fault.

Legs straight and well boned, set rather far apart, without looseness at the shoulders and showing no weakness at the pasterns, from which point the feet turn out a little. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed. The feet should be well padded, strong and of medium size.

The hindquarters should be well muscled, hocks let down with stifles well bent. Legs should be parallel when viewed from behind. Dewclaws, if any, on the hind legs are generally removed. Feet as in front.

Smooth, short and close to the skin, not to be trimmed or de-whiskered.

Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any of these colors with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white.
Black-and-tan or liver color to be disqualified.

Free, powerful and agile with economy of effort. Legs moving parallel when viewed from front or rear. Discernible drive from hind legs.

From the past history of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the modern dog draws its character of indomitable courage, high intelligence, and tenacity. This, coupled with its affection for its friends, and children in particular, its off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability, makes it a foremost all-purpose dog.

Black-and-tan or liver color.

Approved November 14, 1989
Effective January 1, 1990

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Interpretation & Illustration of the Written Breed Standard is now available in two versions (AKC & KC) and is used worldwide for judging seminars and has also been converted into several languages to be used around the world – including by the Kennel Club of England and was also used as the text basis for the SBTCA Illustrated Breed Standard project which is now the official one used by the AKC parent club for the breed.

Contact editor@thestaffordknot.com for permission to use Powerpoint presentation. TSK appreciates a small rescue donation in exchange for the use of our program.

Please do not use any part of TSK without written permission – Please credit The Stafford Knot, Inc. if given permission. Thank you.

All versions including eBook and paper books plus seminar are available from  www.thestaffordknot.com

Lynn is Senior Editor, Publisher & Creative Director for The Stafford Knot, Inc. 501(c)3 – proceeds benefit Stafford Rescues worldwide and to date has raised and donated thousands of dollars – please support TSK, Inc.

As the popularity of the breed increases, sadly so does the need for foster homes and permanent homes for Staffords coming into rescue. Please consider becoming a foster home!


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