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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 Maine?
The short answer is: Extremely dog-friendly! Maine consistently ranks in the top 10 for dog-friendly states, across several different studies. The top two studies come from ranking sites Pawsafe and Safewise.
Pawsafe’s study ranks all 50 states according to their overall safety and friendliness for pets. They rank the states according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In Pawsafe study, Maine ranks as the 2nd most pet-friendly state! The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise ran a similar study that ranks Maine as the 10th most pet-friendly state. Averaging these two studies together puts Maine close to the very front of the pack of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Maine
BringFido lists Maine as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 2800 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Acadia National Park and Willard Beach as popular dog-friendly attractions.
Thirty-six percent of Maine residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Maine are Labradors, Beagles, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Collies, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Maine
Maine saved 16,389 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 199 animals were killed over this same period.
Twenty-six out of 30 of the animal shelters within Maine are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 92%. This is above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Great work, Maine!
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