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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 Missouri?

Missouri is a great state for dog-lovers! The state has great pet-friendly activities, housing, and animal safety laws. 


Pawsafe, an animal safety ranker, conducted a study ranking all 50 states according to their pet-friendliness. They reached their ranking through several different factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


In their study, Missouri is ranked as the 20th most pet-friendly state. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


A separate study by Safewise also ranked Missouri quite well. In their study, Missouri is ranked as the 24th most pet-friendly state. Overall, Missouri ranks towards the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states but has some strong pros for dog owners.

Are cities in Missouri pet-friendly?

Review site WalletHub ran a study of the biggest 100 cities in the United States, and how pet-friendly they are according to several factors. Here’s how a few Missouri Cities ranked.

St. Louis

In their study, St. Louis was the 6th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 39th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 18th for pet budget, and 16th for pet health and wellness. 


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study also reviews the country’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. St. Louis ranked 30th on the list at 1.6 per 100,000 residents.

Kansas City

Kansas City, MO also did well, ranking 46th overall in the WalletHub survey. They also ranked 58th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 12th for pet budget, and 86th for pet health and wellness.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Missouri

BringFido lists Missouri as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 2138 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.


Forty-five percent of Missouri residents own a dog, which is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Missouri are Labradors, French Bulldogs, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Missouri

Missouri saved 91,835 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,777 animals were killed over this same period. 


One hundred forty-six out of 175 of the animal shelters within Missouri are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is barely short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. We love to see it, Missouri!

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