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 got the perfect happy worker dog for you happy, hard-working North Dakotans.

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…Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
North Dakota is one heck of a productive state. You can thank North Dakota for much of our nation’s oil and, thus, many the nation’s richest citizens. You can also thank North Dakota’s agriculture industry for much of the wheat, barley, oats, canola oil, flaxseed, lentils, and beans that you consume. Not much of a chef? North Dakota is essentially responsible for much of the fast food in the country. They were the first to freeze beef and produce millions of burgers and fries to this day. The state also consistently boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. The people of North Dakota work hard, so it’s only natural they have a dog like the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog was originally bred to be a worker. Meant to pull carts, herd cattle and serve as a watchdog, this breed loves to feel a sense of purpose. Ninety percent of North Dakotan land is taken up by farms, and a Swissy (as they’re often known) is a great farm dog. The North Dakotan could surely provide a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog with some household and farm chores.

Could North Dakota’s high employment rate be a direct factor towards its high happiness rate? Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs also feel happy when they have a job to do. But, like with humans, happiness doesn’t come solely from work, but from family, too. Swissies make great family dogs—they are markedly faithful, affectionate, and playful.

If you agree that a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is just what you need, here are some adoption resources to browse.

North Dakota Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue Resources
Adopt a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
North Dakota Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue Foundation



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