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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 Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania loves dogs! This state consistently ranks among the best in the country for pet-friendliness across things like animal cretly laws, pet-friendly accommodations, number of of dog parks, and more. However, Pennsylvania could do better with more no-kill shelters.
The state boasts 545 pet-friendly accommodations and 198 campgrounds. There are also over 200 boarding and daycare facilities, as well as 200 veterinarians ready to help as needed.
A study by pet safety site Pawsafe ranked Pennsylvania the 15th most pet-friendly state in the country. They also ranked the state 10th for dog-friendly trails. Of the 2,403 trails in the state, 65% are dog-friendly.
Safewise conducted a similar study in which they ranked Pennsylvania 3rd. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws, protecting against things lie abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Does Pennsylvania have pet-friendly cities?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few cities stacked up.
In their study, Pittsburgh ranked 11th, which is quite good. Specifically, the city was 20th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 22nd for pet budget, and 46th for pet health and wellness.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows Pittsburgh to have the 15th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 2.3 parks per 100,000 residents.
SmartAsset has a similar study ranking the country’s biggest cities. In it, Pittsburgh ranks 15th for pet-friendliness. The study found the city to have 134 dog-friendly restaurants and two dog-friendly shopping centers.
On the other hand, Philadelphia only ranked 77th for pet-friendliness. The city scored well for outdoor activities but ranked lower for budget and health care.
Philadelphia is also on the lower end of parks per capita. The city only holds 0.4 dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more pet statistics for Pennsylvania
Thirty-nine percent of Pennsylvania residents own a dog. This is just below the national average of 40%. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Pennsylvania are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers. The official state dog is the Great Dane!
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Pennsylvania
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania performs poorly when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 68,776 dogs and cats during 2020. This is 1,652 more animals than in 2019, but approximately 6,940 were killed the past year. Out of 95 animal shelters, 35 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 82%. This is on the lower end. Pennsylvania has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state.
We hope to see improvement in the coming years!
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