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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 South Carolina?

South Carolina is a great place to own a dog! If you’re looking to adopt a fuzzy companion in South Carolina, you should be excited about all the amazing trails and outdoor adventures available to you and your pup. 


Pawsafe, a trusted animal safety evaluator, conducted a study to rank each state according to its pet-friendliness. They ranked South Carolina as the 8th most pet-friendly state in the country! 


The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails. Three hundred ninety-three of the state’s 608 trails are dog-friendly (66.6%), which puts South Carolina at 11th overall. The study ranked South Carolina 4th in terms of pet-friendly restaurants. Three hundred sixty-six of the state’s 8,466 restaurants will welcome your dog. 


Pawsafe also ranked South Carolina 5th for animal cruelty laws. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.

A few more facts for dog lovers in South Carolina

Forty-five percent of South Carolina residents own a dog. This is one of the highest ownership rates in the country and well above the 40% national average. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles. The most popular dog breeds in Charleston are English Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Labradoodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The state dog of South Carolina is the Boykin spaniel. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Carolina

South Carolina saved 83,447 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,005 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 60 animal shelters, only 27 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 83%. The state has some work to get to the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state. We hope to see South Carolina improve on this number in the coming years!

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