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The Weimaraner is the German Doppelganger of the Vizsla, and is a popular hunting dog and family companion. With a loving attitude, eagerness to learn, and a strong desire to please, the Weimaraner makes a great addition to the family or a hunting troop with proper obedience training and early socialization.
The Weimaraner is a newer breed than the ancient Vizsla and is often equipped with a more dominant personality. While the two look similar, they share little in common in terms of DNA. The two can often be identified through their eye color; the Vizsla will have eyes that match its coat, while the Weimaraner will likely have amber, grey, or blue-grey eyes.
Standing 23-27 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 55-85 pounds, the Weim is considered a medium-large hunting dog. Often seen in blue, black, or silver, authorities believe the breed was created from a mixture of the English Pointer, Great Dane, and a little bit of the less popular Huehnerhund for its distinct silver color. While originally bred to track and hunt large game like deer and wolves, noblemen in Germany pivoted the role of the Weimeraner to smaller game as the forests in Germany shrunk and large game became scarce.
A trait shared with the Vizsla is the Weimeraner's desire to be close to their people. These dogs have a strong desire to be part of a pack, and while not considered an aggressive breed, the Weim will defend those they love. Early training and socialization are encouraged to make sure the Weimeraner builds good habits and is friendly to all. With the right upbringing, they’re a loyal and affectionate companion who will shadow you all day long!
How dog-friendly is Chicago?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Chicago is ranked as the 64th most pet-friendly city. Chicago’s strength lies in its health and wellness for pets, for which the city ranked 13th overall. The study also found Chicago to boast the 3rd highest number of animal shelters per capita. A similar study conducted by SmartAsset ranked Chicago as the 16th most pet-friendly of all US cities.
Dog parks and activities
As the nation’s third-largest city, there are plenty of parks for you and your dog to enjoy. According to the SmartAsset study mentioned above, the city has 1.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. There is a massive string of parks along the Lake Michigan shoreline with the Lakefront Trail, which runs for 18 miles connecting neighborhoods, beaches, and famous attractions like Navy Pier and Soldier Field.
Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Wiggly Field, Winnemac Park, and Jackson Bark by the Museum of Science and Industry.
There are two beaches in Chicago that allow you to bring your dog; Belmont Harbor Beach and Montrose Beach. Both beaches have areas dedicated solely to dogs, which your pup can use to roam and play off-leash. Each also has its own set of other amenities for dogs.
Life in Chi-Town with a dog
With over 570 dog-friendly restaurants, Chicago is one of the best places to grab a bite with your furry friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Chicago include O’Brien’s Riverwalk Cafe, Big Star, Cody’s Public House, and 312 Chicago.
Chicago offers plenty of other dog-friendly establishments, including groomers, spa services, and pet stores. Plus, there are 12 dog-friendly shopping centers in the city. The Chicago Transit Authority allows small pets in crates aboard the busses and train lines.
Popular breeds in ChicagoThe Windy City is home to a diverse assortment of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds.
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