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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 Louisiana?

Louisiana is a wonderful state for dogs and their humans to live and travel! The state ranks consistently higher than its neighbor, Mississippi, as well. 


A few regular studies help us rank the 50 states by pet-friendliness. Two reputable studies rank all 50 states according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet services, pet-friendly living, dog parks, hiking trails, and more. 


The first study comes from the animal advocacy group Pawsafe. They rank Louisiana as the 24th most pet-friendly state. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to pet abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


The second study comes from the safety review site Safewise. THey ranked Louisiana a little bit higher, as the 18th most pet-friendly state in the country. 


Overall, these two rankings set Louisiana in a solid, healthy spot for pet-friendliness.

Are cities in Louisiana pet-friendly?

We also keep an eye on a study by Wallethub that reviews the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. 

New Orleans

New Orleans is Louisiana’s biggest city with a population of nearly 400,000. Wallethub ranked New Orleans in the 10th spot overall out of 100! The city ranked 34th in pet budget and 10th in pet health and wellness, but slightly lower at 44th in outdoor pet-friendliness – mostly due to the heat and humidity. 


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study ranked New Orleans 58th for dog parks compared to the 100 other largest cities. New Orleans has 0.8 dog parks per 100,000 people.


The top dog-friendly attractions in this very popular tourist destination are Ghost City Tours and Metairie Cemetery.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Louisiana

BringFido lists Louisiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,000 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. 


Louisianans love dogs! Thirty-eight percent of Louisiana residents own a dog. While this is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, it’s pretty close. 


What kinds of dogs do Louisianans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular breeds in Louisiana are Labradors, Beagles, and Bulldogs. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Retrievers. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Louisiana

Louisiana saved 57,747 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 15,288 animals were killed over this same period. 

Twenty-five of 80 of the animal shelters within Louisiana are no-kill shelters, which is quite low. The state also has a below-average save rate of 71%. This is well short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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