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The Dalmatian is a breed with a purpose. Originally bred as "Coach” or carriage dogs, these dogs are also well known as hunting dogs, firehouse dogs, and circus performers. With focused obedience training and early socialization, these dogs can also make fantastic household companions and friends to your children and other pets.
Instantly recognizable from film and tv, the Dalmatian is a breed with an iconic white coat full of black spots and a body full of energy and determination. These dogs were originally bred to run next to carriages as a form of protection, and this skill helped translate them to the firehouse dogs you know today. This endurance also allows them to excel at flyball and agility games. If you're looking for a companion who is always ready to join you on a run or bicycle ride, this is your dog.
The Dalmation is a medium-large dog, standing around 19-24 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 48-55 pounds. Along with their highly active bodies, Dalmations have highly active brains! These incredibly smart dogs need obedience training while they’re puppies to establish rules for behavior, or they will assume the role of alpha and attempt to run things. Once trained, though, their intelligence makes them wonderful lifelong companions.
The breed is also predisposed to deafness. This condition is hereditary, and all Dalmatian bloodlines can pass along deafness to their puppies. Around eight percent of Dalmatians are born entirely deaf, and 22-24% are born with hearing in one ear only. Trust us, though, it won’t make you love them any less.
How dog-friendly is South Dakota?
South Dakota is a great state for traveling with your dog and has strong animal welfare laws. Though it has some room to grow, South Dakota ranks pretty well for dog-friendliness.
We evaluated two major studies to understand how each state accommodates pets. Both studies surveyed all 50 states and ranked them for pet-friendly factors like access to pet care and services, animal cruelty laws, dog parks, outdoor spaces, and more.
The first was conducted by an animal welfare group called Pawsafe. Pawsafe ranked South Dakota as the 23rd most pet-friendly state. In this study, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The second study comes from a safety review site called Safewise. They had a harsher view of South Dakota and ranked the state as 38th most pet-friendly in the country.
But if we put these two studies together, South Dakota ranks pretty well in the middle of the pack.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in South Dakota
BringFido lists South Dakota as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Reptile Gardens and Custer State Park as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Thirty-two percent of South Dakota residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40% but still shows that the state loves dogs.
What kinds of dogs do South Dakotans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Dakota are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Dakota
South Dakota saved 10,836 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,824 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Six out of 23 of the animal shelters within South Dakota are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has a below-average save rate of 77%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Improving this percentage will go a long way to ranking South Dakota higher compared to other states.
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