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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.

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  • 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 Kentucky?

Kentucky has some strong dog-friendly cities, but overall the state could do better for dog-friendliness. In particular, Kentucky’s animal welfare laws lag behind other states.


In a study by animal safety ranker, Pawsafe, Kentucky ranked as the 40th most pet-friendly state. Pawsafe’s study ranked each of the 50 states according to several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails. The state scored poorly in this study for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Safewise, another animal safety ranker, came to a similar conclusion in a separate study. They ranked Kentucky as the 43rd most pet-friendly state. Combining these two studies together shows Kentucky towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.

Are cities in Kentucky pet-friendly?

Ranker site Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few of the major cities in Kentucky ranked.

Lexington-Fayette

In their study, Lexington-Fayette was the best in Kentucky, ranking 41st most pet-friendly city. It ranked 94th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 47th for pet budget, and 22nd for pet health and wellness. 


While 41 isn’t outstanding, it’s in the top half of the largest 100 cities.

Louisville

Louisville, KY, also did fairly well, ranking 42nd overall. They also ranked 95th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 29th for pet budget, and 24th for pet health and wellness.

Lexington

A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Lexington, KY ranked 22nd on the list at 1.9 per 100,000 residents.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Kentucky

BringFido lists Kentucky as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1300 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Dinosaur World and the Kentucky Horse Park as top dog-friendly attractions.


Forty-seven percent of Kentucky residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Kentucky are Labradors, Beagles, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Kentucky

Kentucky saved 84,191 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7,132 animals were killed over this same period. Forty-eight out of 107 of the animal shelters within Kentucky are no-kill shelters. 


While the percentage of no-kill shelters is average, the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is moderately short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

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