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09/19/2021

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Saint Bernard Characteristics

One of the world's most recognizable breeds, the St. Bernard is in good company with the Great Dane and the Mastiff in the "Gentle Giant" category. These dogs are patient and affectionate "Nanny Dogs" who are exceedingly loyal and love spending time with their humans. Despite their size, these dogs also excel in certain obedience trials and make loyal companions.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Willful

Known for rescuing injured or lost travelers in the Alps, the St. Bernard spends more time these days exploring backyards than mountain passages. Surprisingly, these large dogs are not a bad choice for an apartment companion, as they only require a medium amount of exercise, and that can be accomplished with a brisk daily walk. You're more likely to struggle with the notorious shedding and drooling from the St. Bernard, so be prepared to vacuum frequently.  These dogs are commonly seen with black mask markings and will require regular brushing
 
When temperatures rise, it’s best to keep these dogs inside.  Because these dogs were bred and raised in the Alps, they are not well acclimated to warm climates and can get heat exhaustion quite rapidly. Of course, this means they're keen to play in the snow all day if afforded the luxury. These dogs also take longer than most to mentally mature, so you get the joy of a 100+ pound puppy for longer than you might expect.  
 
Due to their size, these dogs are prone to a number of health issues, and they have relatively short lifespans. Ensuring that they have regular checkups with their vet and maintain a healthy weight are key factors towards the longevity of your St. Bernard.

How dog-friendly is Iowa?

Iowa is a dog-friendly travel destination and has a lot of dog-lovers. But a few issues cause the state to rank rather poorly for dog-friendliness, particularly its lax animal welfare laws. 


We investigated two big studies ranking all 50 states by important pet-friendliness factors. The studies looked at things like pet-friendly accommodations, pet care and services, the number of dog parks or outdoor space, and animal welfare laws. 


The first study, by animal safety group Pawsafe, ranked Iowa as the 41st most pet-friendly state. The second study, by consumer safety group Safewise, ranked it as the 43rd most pet-friendly state in the country. The state scored poorly for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Combining these two studies together shows Iowa towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Iowa

It’s not all bad news for dog-lovers in Iowa! BringFido lists Iowa as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 900 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Racoon River and Lake Red Rock as top dog-friendly activities.


Thirty-six percent of Iowa residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much!


What kinds of dogs do Iowans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Iowa are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 


Animal welfare & dog shelters in Iowa

Iowa saved 33,222 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,350 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Thirty out of 61 of the animal shelters within Iowa are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 85%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but getting closer!

 

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