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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 Washington?
Very!! Washington is consistently ranked quite high in lists of the most pet-friendly states – thanks to its pet-friendly restaurants, parks, and wonderful outdoors scene.
In fact, Safewise ranked Washington as the most pet-friendly state in the country. There are several important factors behind Washington’s rating but the strongest is the high number of pet-friendly rentals. Washington ranks second among all states with 55% of rentals accepting pets.
A similar study from Pawsafe didn’t put Washington in first place, but still ranked them fairly well at 19th of all 50 states. They also placed Washington ninth for animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Is Seattle a good place for pet ownership?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest cities in the United States to find the most pet-friendly city. Their research looked at a variety of factors, with their primary focus on pet budget, health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendly activities.
In the study, Wallethub graded Seattle as the 17th most pet-friendly city. The city performed well for pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 18th and 11th respectively. Pet care is more expensive in Seattle, so the city ended up in 70th place for pet budget. The study also found Seattle to have the highest number of dog-friendly restaurants per capita.
A study from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) showed that Seattle has the 20th highest number of dog parks per capita, with two dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more doggy facts about Washington
Almost 43% of Washington residents own a dog, which is well above the national average of 40%. You’ll be sure to find a dog-loving community almost anywhere in Washington. Other pets are also popular in Washington and the state’s total pet ownership rate is above average, with close to 63% of Washington families owning a pet.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in the state and Seattle are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. Other common breeds include Chihuahuas, Australian Shepherds, Border Collies and Mini Poodles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Washington
Washington is one of the best states regarding animal shelters and saving pets. The state saved 1,688 more animals in 2020 than in 2019. Also, 45 of the state’s 63 animal shelters are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is slightly over 89%. If Washington increases its save rate just a little more, it will pass 90% and become a no-kill state. We love to see it!
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