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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 Indiana?
Indiana ranks very well across multiple studies as a great place to own a pup! Indiana residents seem to love dogs, and a wide range of pet-friendly accommodations and travel options help boost the state, too.
Animal safety review sites Pawsafe and Safewise give Indiana great marks.
Pawsafe ranked Indiana as the 12th most pet-friendly state in a study that evaluated factors like dog-friendly parks, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and more. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise ranked Indiana 8th for pet-friendliness. Combining these two studies together puts Indiana towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.
Are cities in Indiana pet-friendly?
Another review site, Wallethub, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country and ranked them by pet-friendly factors. Here’s how a few Indiana cities stacked up.
In their study, Indianapolis was the 43rd most pet-friendly city. It ranked 96th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 14th for pet budget, and 47th for pet health and wellness.
There are a few other Indiana cities on the list. Fort Wayne is positioned 45th with the 100th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 1st for pet budget, and 65th for pet health and wellness.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Indiana
BringFido lists Indiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1100 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Forty-nine percent of Indiana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Indiana are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Indiana
Indiana saved 85,903 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,552 animals were killed over this same period. Thirty-one percent of the animal shelters within Indiana are no-kill shelters.
While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is moderately short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Overall, it seems Indiana is working hard to keep animals safe, and we hope to see continued progress.
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