A good staccato should still be able to "ring." We don't have the resonant body of a string instrument to help us do that (maybe one good thing to be said about violas). Staccato should be thought of as "separated" rather than "short" for our default approach. Depending on the performance space notes can be played shorter, but typically that is in a European Gothic Cathedral rather than a typical American concert hall.
Some things are played secco, but those are usually limited to specific notes, rather than every time a dot is written over a note.