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09/19/2021

Saint Bernard

We were very fortunate to have been able to find our newest family member on PuppySpot.com. He has been a wonderful addition to our animal friendly family.

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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 Louisiana?

Louisiana is a wonderful state for dogs and their humans to live and travel! The state ranks consistently higher than its neighbor, Mississippi, as well. 


A few regular studies help us rank the 50 states by pet-friendliness. Two reputable studies rank all 50 states according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet services, pet-friendly living, dog parks, hiking trails, and more. 


The first study comes from the animal advocacy group Pawsafe. They rank Louisiana as the 24th most pet-friendly state. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to pet abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


The second study comes from the safety review site Safewise. THey ranked Louisiana a little bit higher, as the 18th most pet-friendly state in the country. 


Overall, these two rankings set Louisiana in a solid, healthy spot for pet-friendliness.

Are cities in Louisiana pet-friendly?

We also keep an eye on a study by Wallethub that reviews the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. 

New Orleans

New Orleans is Louisiana’s biggest city with a population of nearly 400,000. Wallethub ranked New Orleans in the 10th spot overall out of 100! The city ranked 34th in pet budget and 10th in pet health and wellness, but slightly lower at 44th in outdoor pet-friendliness – mostly due to the heat and humidity. 


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study ranked New Orleans 58th for dog parks compared to the 100 other largest cities. New Orleans has 0.8 dog parks per 100,000 people.


The top dog-friendly attractions in this very popular tourist destination are Ghost City Tours and Metairie Cemetery.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Louisiana

BringFido lists Louisiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,000 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. 


Louisianans love dogs! Thirty-eight percent of Louisiana residents own a dog. While this is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, it’s pretty close. 


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

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Louisiana

Louisiana saved 57,747 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 15,288 animals were killed over this same period. 

Twenty-five of 80 of the animal shelters within Louisiana are no-kill shelters, which is quite low. The state also has a below-average save rate of 71%. This is well short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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