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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 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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