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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 New Mexico?

New Mexico has some room to grow when it comes to its animal-friendly laws and accommodations. On the plus side, a few New Mexico cities are super dog-friendly, and the state is a great destination for visitors traveling with their pups. 


Let’s look at a few studies into New Mexico’s dog-friendly rankings. 


Animal advocacy group Pawsafe ranked New Mexico as the 35th most pet-friendly state of all 50 states. They examined several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails. Unfortunately, they didn’t rank New Mexico very well for its animal welfare laws, which address things like animal abuse, neglect, or even fighting.


Another study by a safety review website, Safewise, actually ranked New Mexico last of all 50 states. The ranking has a lot to do with animal welfare laws and access to pet services. 


Overall, we’re hopeful that New Mexico makes some improvements for its dogs and dog lovers!

Are cities in New Mexico pet-friendly?

Yes! The good news is that New Mexico has some great pet-friendly destinations. A study by Wallethub ranked the 100 largest cities in the country by their pet-friendliness. Here’s how New Mexico’s biggest city stacked up.

Albuquerque

Albuquerque is the biggest city in New Mexico with a little over half a million people. The city ranked very well at 14th out of 100 cities. 


They placed 16th for pet budget and 7th for outdoor pet-friendliness. The city lagged behind a bit for pet health and wellness, ranking 83rd.


A separate study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) shares great information about dog parks. They published a ranking of the 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Albuquerque ranked well in the 13th spot with 2.4 dog parks per 100,000 people.


Two of the best places to bring your pup to in Albuquerque are ABQ Trolley Co. and USS Bullhead Park.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in New Mexico

BringFido lists New Mexico as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,600 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.


Thirty-nine percent of New Mexico residents own a dog. This is just below the national dog ownership rate of 40% – pretty close!


What kinds of dogs do New Mexicans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in New Mexico are Labradors, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Beagles, and Retrievers. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in New Mexico

New Mexico saved 61,080 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 6,069 animals were killed over this same period. 


Twenty out of 46 of the animal shelters within New Mexico are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, but the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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