You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we’ve found the New Orleans of dog breeds for your slow-paced Louisiana lifestyle.

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…Great Dane
The go-with-the-flow Louisiana lifestyle is one that millions of tourists seek a taste of each year, especially in its most popular city, New Orleans—appropriately nicknamed “The Big Easy.” Weighing in anywhere from 100 to 200 lbs, sweet tempered Great Danes are agreeable, friendly, and their grooming needs are totally low-maintenance. In other words, they are the New Orleans of dog breeds: big and easy! The perfect pooch for the Louisiana household.

So why is the Louisiana lifestyle generally slow paced? It has a whole lot to do with weather. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, much of the state is made up of bayous, rivers (like the ol’ Mississip’), and wetlands, making it hot and humid pretty much year-round. Great Danes not only tolerate the heat, they actually love it, and are very happy basking in the sun. A loving, non-judgmental breed, they will not wish to squander your New Orleans traditions, like getting to-go daiquiris in the middle of the day or a hot plate of beignets at 4:00am.

If you want a pet as bold as Louisiana-made Tabasco sauce, if you want loyalty like Louisiana crime couple Bonnie and Clyde, or if you want a dog that will protect you from drunken tourist shenanigans during Mardi Gras, get a Great Dane! Here are some sources to help start your adoption process.

Louisiana Great Dane Rescue Resources:
Great Dane Club of Louisiana
Great Dane Rescue
Great Dane Adoption

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