American Staffordshire Terrier Puppies for Sale in Michigan, MI
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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.
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 Michigan?
With its beautiful lakeside beaches and pet-friendly attractions, Michigan rates as quite a friendly state for our four-legged friends!
A study by animal safety site Pawsafe ranked Michigan as the 13th most pet-friendly state. Even better, the state ranked number three for dog-friendly attractions and activities. Pawsafe ranks states by evaluating the various dog parks, nature walks, local attractions, beaches, breweries, wineries, and shopping centers open to pets.
Safewise, another reputable site for animal safety, conducted a similar study in which Michigan was ranked as the 33rd most pet-friendly state. In the study, the state receives strong marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Both studies evaluated states for factors like availability of pet care and services, animal protection laws, and pet-friendly activities.
Is Detroit a dog-friendly city?
Detroit is the largest and most well-known city in Michigan – so how does the city stack up for dog lovers?
In a review of the 100 largest cities in the country, WalletHub found that Detroit was the 5th least pet-friendly city. It ranked 78th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 33rd for pet budget, and 98th for pet health and wellness. We also hate to say it but the city had the fourth-fewest pet businesses per capita.
In Detroit, the most popular breeds are German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Goldens, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, and Labs.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study ranked Detroit 52nd in terms of available dog parks, with 0.9 parks per 100,000 residents. There are six total dog parks in a city of over a half million people.
A few more pet-related facts about Michigan
Forty-two percent of Michigan residents own a dog. This puts the state above the 40% national average.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Michigan are Labradors, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds in the state include Siberian Huskies and Rottweilers. People in Michigan love the great outdoors and activities like camping, hunting, and fishing – and these dog breeds love it, too!
Overall, 62.4% of the state’s residents own a pet. Dogs are the dominant animal, with only 31% of homes owning a cat.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Michigan
Michigan saved 97,224 dogs and cats during 2020. They showed wonderful progress as this was 4,705 more animals than in 2019. Approximately 9,714 were killed in the past year. Out of 130 animal shelters, 95 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 84%. Michigan has a bit of work to reach the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state. We hope they make it soon!
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