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American Staffordshire Terrier Characteristics

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a breed that is known for being strong for its size; however, these dogs are also very affectionate and loving with their human family. This breed is slowly working away from a totally unfair reputation for being inherently aggressive, and with any luck, will have a bright future as a popular household companion.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Determined

Often confused for the American Pit Bull, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a close relative but has been bred separately from the Pit Bull for more than 50 years. Standing 16-19 inches and weighing between 40-60 pounds, the Staffy is a large breed with a muscular build. These dogs have a short blue coat that does not get oily, which typically results in less "wet dog smell" when they get wet.

Known to be rather strong for their size, it is extremely important to provide your Staffy with focused obedience training and early socialization. While these dogs are somewhat standoff-ish to strangers, early training and socialization can grow their affectionate and docile personalities, making them perfect household companions. Training is also important because these dogs have a tendency to chew on furniture when bored. Providing your dog with enough exercise and mental stimulation is crucial to their overall health – and the health of your living room!

Due to their muscular build, The Staffy and the American Pit Bull are commonly used in illegal dog fighting rings. This further exacerbates the reputation they have as aggressive, dangerous dogs. Purchasing your dog from a reputable source and providing it a loving home and proper training will help to dissolve its bad reputation and replace it with a better one.  

How dog-friendly is District of Columbia?

Washington, D.C. is a great place for pets, and dogs in particular! The district has plenty of dog parks and pet services, and a lot of D.C. residents own dogs. Here’s how the district stacks up in a couple of studies. 


Public review site Safewise ranks D.C. quite well as the 15th most pet-friendly region in the country. The study ranks all 50 states plus D.C. according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, dog parks and hiking trails, and more. 


Wallethub, another reputable review site for pet information, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Washington, D.C. ranked toward the middle at 61st on the list. D.C. is a bit pricier for pets than other cities, ranking 91st in pet budget. They do a little better in other categories, ranking 41st in pet health and wellness, and 9th in outdoor pet-friendliness.

Dog parks and pet-friendly activities in Washington, D.C.

A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Washington, D.C. ranked 22nd at 1.9 parks per 100,000 people.


BringFido lists Washington, D.C. as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 200 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists the National Mall and the U.S. National Arboretum as popular dog-friendly attractions.

Dog ownership in Washington, D.C.

D.C. loves dogs! Forty-four percent of Washington, D.C. residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do D.C. residents love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Washington, D.C. are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Beagles. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. saved 4,185 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 553 animals were killed over this same period. 

There is one animal shelter within Washington, D.C., and it is not considered a no-kill shelter. The area has a below-average save rate of 78%. Unfortunately, this is far short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

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