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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 Montana?
Montana is a great place for dogs, especially in the summer – with gorgeous outdoor space and plenty of room for adventure.
The state ranks pretty consistently in the average range for overall pet-friendliness but has great strengths in animal welfare and dog-friendly attractions.
We reviewed two significant studies that rank all 50 states by pet-friendly factors. The first, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Montana as the 34th most pet-friendly state.
The second, by consumer safety review site Safewise, ranked Montana quite low at 45th.
The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. However, because of its harsh winters, and less access to pet services in rural areas, Montana took a hit.
Combining these two studies together put Montana towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Montana
BringFido lists Montana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Glacier National Park and Norm Schoenthal Island as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Fifty-two percent of Montana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Montanans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Montana are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Great outdoor pups! Other popular breeds include working dogs like Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Montana
Montana saved 16,140 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 444 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Eighteen out of 34 of the animal shelters within Montana are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 90%. This is equal to the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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