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Doberman Pinscher Characteristics
The muscular build, shiny coat, and regal appearance of the Doberman Pinscher might make you think of them as canine nobility. While these dogs are bred and well suited for a guard dog position or police K-9 unit role, they have the ability to make great family companions when trained properly.
Doberman Pinschers originated in Germany during the late 1800s, primarily bred as guard dogs. While their exact ancestry is unknown, the Doberman is thought to be a mixture of the German Pinscher, the Rottweiler, and the lesser-known Black and Tan Terrier. They typically stand between 24-28 inches and weigh between 60-80 pounds, often with a red or blue coat.
Doberman Pinschers are a single-coat breed and are moderate shedders throughout the year, so regular grooming is recommended, and frequent brushing will ensure stray hair is kept to a minimum. They are also sensitive to cold weather due to their thin coat, so keeping them indoors during the winter is recommended.
They've gained a reputation as cold and unwelcoming (likely due to their intimidating appearance), but those who have owned a Dobie know they can be as sweet and loving as a Labrador or Bischon Friese when properly trained.
While they can be trained to be great household pets, they are extremely active and require a lot of exercise. The Doberman Pinscher does not do well in small spaces, and a large yard is recommended to prevent bad behavior and escape attempts. They also require adequate mental stimulation and frequent socialization in order to keep them on their best behavior.
How dog-friendly is Utah?
Utah has some definite areas for improvement for pets. Let’s dig into the numbers and find out Utah’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to dog-friendly living.
Animal advocacy group Pawsafe conducted a study ranking each state by its pet-friendliness. The study evaluated states according to several important factors like animal cruelty laws and regulations, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In their study, Utah ranked as the 37th most pet-friendly state. Unfortunately, the state did not score well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. Definitely room for improvement.
Safewise is a national safety review site. Their study on animal safety also ranked states. In their study, Utah is ranked as the 35th most pet-friendly state. Combining these two studies puts Utah somewhere towards the middle to the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Utah
Here’s an upside: BringFido lists Utah as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Millcreek Canyon and Memory Grove as popular dog-friendly attractions within Salt Lake City.
Thirty-six percent of Utah residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, though not by much.
What kinds of dogs do Utahans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Utah are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Collies, and French Bulldogs.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Utah
Utah saved 39,358 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 4740 animals were killed over this same period.
Forty-two out of 62 of the animal shelters within Utah are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is relatively high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 88%. However, this is just short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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