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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 Utah?
Utah has some definite areas for improvement for pets. Let’s dig into the numbers and find out Utah’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to dog-friendly living.
Animal advocacy group Pawsafe conducted a study ranking each state by its pet-friendliness. The study evaluated states according to several important factors like animal cruelty laws and regulations, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In their study, Utah ranked as the 37th most pet-friendly state. Unfortunately, the state did not score well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. Definitely room for improvement.
Safewise is a national safety review site. Their study on animal safety also ranked states. In their study, Utah is ranked as the 35th most pet-friendly state. Combining these two studies puts Utah somewhere towards the middle to the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Utah
Here’s an upside: BringFido lists Utah as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Millcreek Canyon and Memory Grove as popular dog-friendly attractions within Salt Lake City.
Thirty-six percent of Utah residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, though not by much.
What kinds of dogs do Utahans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Utah are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Collies, and French Bulldogs.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Utah
Utah saved 39,358 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 4740 animals were killed over this same period.
Forty-two out of 62 of the animal shelters within Utah are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is relatively high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 88%. However, this is just short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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