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Belgian Malinois Characteristics
Often mistaken for the German Shepherd, the confident and versatile Belgian Malinois is a top-notch worker who is quick to form a tight bond with the humans in its life. Whether herding or assisting those in the police and armed forces, the Belgian Malinois craves purpose and direction but is also capable of being a loving member of the family.
Standing at a moderate 22-26 inches to the shoulder and weighing anywhere between 40-80 lbs, the Belgian Mal is one of the larger herding dogs. These dogs are commonly found in blue, black, and white coats. Often mistaken for the German Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois is smaller and stands with a slightly different profile. Those who work with the dogs often claim the Belgian Malinois is more responsive than the German Shepherd, which may make them easier for newer dog owners.
Because they're herding dogs, Belgian Malinois are a perfect match for active families or individuals. They have a joyful abundance of energy and a longing for purpose. Their families should be aware that if the Belgian Malinois is kept inside all day with no opportunity to spend their energy, they will often act out and become destructive. However, those who are able to accommodate the breed's active tendencies will find a responsive and loving companion.
The Malinois is a breed developed to protect the herd. They’ll be extremely dedicated, loyal companions. If you want them to be friendly with other dogs, make sure you focus on proper socialization and early obedience training. These dogs are considered to be good with children, but if their herding instincts are not addressed early on, they may have a tendency to nip at the children's heels and attempt to herd them while playing. But when trained properly, they’re loving, affectionate, and protective in the right ways.
How dog-friendly is Ohio?
Ohio ranks pretty well for pet safety, happiness, and especially for pet-friendly accommodations. The state loves dogs and ranks pretty well in terms of animal safety and no-kill shelters.
A study conducted by trusted review site Pawsafe ranked Ohio as the 29 most pet-friendly state. Pawsafe ranks the state 9th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
Safewise conducted their own research in which they reached a similar conclusion. In their study, Ohio is ranked 30th for pet-friendliness.
Are cities in Ohio pet-friendly?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few cities in Ohio stacked up.
In their study, Cincinnati was the 8th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 38th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 19th for pet budget, and 20th for pet health and wellness. Furthermore, the city had the most veterinarians per capita. It also has the 5th most pet businesses per capita.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Cincinnati is ranked 35th with 1.3 parks per 100,000 residents. There are four total dog parks in the city.
Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo
There are a few other Ohio cities on the list. Columbus is positioned 40th with the 5th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 2nd for pet budget, and 95th for pet health and wellness. The city was also noted to have the third-lowest veterinary costs.
Additionally, Cleveland and Toldeo were ranked 63rd and 66th, respectively.
Toledo, Columbus, and Cleveland have 0.7, 0.7, and 0.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents respectively.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Ohio
Thirty-seven percent of Ohio residents own a dog. This is close to the national do ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Ohio are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Ohio
Ohio saved 105,449 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,836 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 157 animal shelters, 83 are no-kill shelters. While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is just shy of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Let’s keep going, Ohio!
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