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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 Oregon?
Super dog-friendly! Oregon is regularly ranked in the top five best states for pets. Two of the best review sites for pet safety and comfort are Pawsafe and Safewise. Both give Oregon excellent marks.
Pawsafe’s study examined each state according to some pet-friendly metrics. They evaluated things like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations and services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In the Pawsafe study, Oregon ranked as the 4th most pet-friendly state in the country. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws, which related to animal abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
In their own separate study, Safewise also ranked Oregon as the 4th most pet-friendly state, for many of the same factors. Combining these two studies puts Oregon at the front of the pack of pet-friendly states!
Are cities in Oregon pet-friendly?
Consumer review site Wallethub has an extensive survey of the 100 largest cities in the country and then ranks them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few Oregon cities did.
In their study, Portland was the 19th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 4th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 76th for pet budget, and 21st for pet health and wellness.
In a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study that ranks cities for dog parks per capita, Portland ranked 2nd on the list at 5.4 per 100,000 residents.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Oregon
BringFido lists Oregon as a very pet-friendly travel destination with over 4400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Thirty-eight percent of Oregon residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much!
What dogs do people love in Oregon? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Oregon are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Boxers, and Border Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Oregon
Oregon saved 35,980 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 612 animals were killed over this same period.
Thirty out of 46 of the animal shelters within Oregon are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is moderately 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. Good job, overall!
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