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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 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 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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