American Staffordshire Terrier Puppies for Sale in Illinois, IL

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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 Illinois?

Illinois loves its pets! The state ranks very high for pet care, safety, and happiness. If you’re adopting a  new furry friend in Illinois, you’re in a great place! 


One of the top ranking sites for dog friendliness is Pawsafe. They analyze and rank each state based on factors like pet care costs, walkability scores, the number of pet-friendly rentals, and animal welfare laws.


In their study, Pawsafe rated Illinois as the third most pet-friendly state. They found that Illinois has over 800 pet-friendly accommodations, 279 dog-friendly restaurants, 286 pet-friendly attractions, and 634 pet services.


A similar study from Safewise, another reputable ranking site, also revealed Illinois to be highly pet-friendly. They rank Illinois second just behind Washington. One of the key factors in their ranking is the high number of pet-friendly rentals in the state. In fact, 35% of rentals accept pets. This is the fourth highest percentage of pet-friendly rentals by state.

Is Chicago a pet-friendly city?

In another study, WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest cities in the United States to find the most pet-friendly city. They ranked Chicago as the 64th most pet-friendly city. The city also scored 13th for pet health and wellness. However, Chicago is more expensive for pets, ranking 90th in terms of pet budget.


SmartAsset conducted a similar study and their ratings place Chicago in a more favorable light as the 16th most pet-friendly city.


Chicago has a lot going for pets including 570 dog friendly restaurants, 12 dog-friendly shopping centers, and 46 pet businesses for every 10,000 establishments. 


A different study from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) showed that Chicago has the 52nd most dog parks per capita, with 0.9 dog parks per 100,000 residents. 

A few more dog-related facts for Illinois

Despite the great numbers in Illinois, only 32% of Illinois residents own a dog, which is well below the national average of 40%. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in the state are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. In the city of Chicago, the same three breeds are equally as popular, but there is also a keen interest in French Bulldogs and Rottweilers.


However, the state’s total pet ownership rate is far less than the national average as well, with only approximately 49% of Illinois families owning a pet of any kind.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Illinois

Illinois saved 1,028 more animals in 2020 than in 2019. Out of 177 animal shelters, 126 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is right around 82%. If Illinois can raise its save rate more, it will pass the 90% necessary to become a no-kill state. We hope they can do it!

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