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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 Ohio?
Ohio ranks pretty well for pet safety, happiness, and especially for pet-friendly accommodations. The state loves dogs and ranks pretty well in terms of animal safety and no-kill shelters.
A study conducted by trusted review site Pawsafe ranked Ohio as the 29 most pet-friendly state. Pawsafe ranks the state 9th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
Safewise conducted their own research in which they reached a similar conclusion. In their study, Ohio is ranked 30th for pet-friendliness.
Are cities in Ohio pet-friendly?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few cities in Ohio stacked up.
In their study, Cincinnati was the 8th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 38th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 19th for pet budget, and 20th for pet health and wellness. Furthermore, the city had the most veterinarians per capita. It also has the 5th most pet businesses per capita.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Cincinnati is ranked 35th with 1.3 parks per 100,000 residents. There are four total dog parks in the city.
Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo
There are a few other Ohio cities on the list. Columbus is positioned 40th with the 5th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 2nd for pet budget, and 95th for pet health and wellness. The city was also noted to have the third-lowest veterinary costs.
Additionally, Cleveland and Toldeo were ranked 63rd and 66th, respectively.
Toledo, Columbus, and Cleveland have 0.7, 0.7, and 0.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents respectively.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Ohio
Thirty-seven percent of Ohio residents own a dog. This is close to the national do ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Ohio are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Ohio
Ohio saved 105,449 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,836 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 157 animal shelters, 83 are no-kill shelters. While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is just shy of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Let’s keep going, Ohio!
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