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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 Virginia?
If you’re looking to adopt a pup in Virginia, we have good news for you – the state stacks up well in terms of pet safety and dog-friendly establishments.
Pawsafe ranked Virginia the 7th most pet-friendly state in the country. The site conducts research into factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
They found that Virginia has 728 pet-friendly accommodations and 180 restaurants, along with 357 unique attractions for visiting pets. In the same study, the state ranked 14th for pet services and 15th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also ranked 12th for pet-friendly trails.
Safewise, another great research site, conducted a similar study that ranked Virginia 20th for pet-friendliness. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws. The majority of these laws are related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
How pet-friendly are cities in Virginia?
SmartAsset reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. In their study, Arlington was ranked quite high at 13th. The city has 12 dog-friendly shopping centers and a high number of parks, with 3.5 per 100,000 residents.
WalletHub also ranks the country’s biggest cities for their pet accomodations. In it, Chesapeake ranks 48th for pet-friendliness. Specifically, it ranks 21st for outdoor pet-friendliness, 81st for health and wellness, and 58th for pet budget.
The city of Chesapeake also has the 20th highest dog parks per capita, with 2 per 100,000 residents.
Virginia Beach and Norfolk
A few other Virginia cities made it lower on the list. Virginia Beach is ranked 60th, and Norfolk is ranked 92nd.
However, a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows that Norfolk has the 4th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more stats for Virginia’s pets
Only 35% of Virginia residents own a dog. This is below the national average of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Virginia are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles. The official state dog is the American Foxhound. In the Arlington area, the most popular dogs are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, and Poodles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Virginia
Virginia is average when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 96,044 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7 were killed during the same period. Out of 151 animal shelters, 93 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is just below 85%. With that, Virginia has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state. We hope to see continuous improvement in this area!
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