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Australian Shepherd Characteristics
Australian Shepherds are intelligent, hard-working dogs originally bred to herd livestock. They’re incredibly alert, energetic, and responsive, making them delightful and entertaining companions. Be ready to give your Aussie copious amounts of intense physical exercise each day. Australian Shepherds are extremely loyal companions that love spending all day being active by their human’s side. They are a larger breed that requires ample space to thrive.
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Contrary to their name, the Australian Shepherd breed originated in the United States as a working dog to herd livestock. They have a two-layer coat that can come in red, blue, merle, or black. They are easy to groom and can go weeks between full baths.
Australian Shepherds have boundless energy and will need plenty of daily exercise. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes per day. A casual stroll around the neighborhood isn’t enough, and having at least a small yard for them to stretch their legs is recommended. If they do not get enough exercise, they can engage in destructive behavior and excessive barking. They’re just letting you know they need to burn some energy.
Aussies make great watchdogs and will bark to warn you if they notice anything suspicious. Given their strong herding instincts, Aussies require an experienced owner to ensure they are properly trained and given the opportunity to let out their energy.
However, they’re super intelligent and tuned in, so they’re quick to learn. Aussies respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. They also thrive with frequent mental stimulation as well as obedience and agility training. You’ll NEVER get bored with an Aussie!
Aussies are a medium-sized breed. They can grow to weigh between 40 and 60 pounds and 18 to 23 inches in height. They are typically quite healthy and enjoy an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
How dog-friendly is Kansas?
Kansas is a great state for dog lovers. The “sunflower state” compares well to other states for things like animal welfare regulations, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
We looked at two important studies ranking each of the states by these pet-friendly factors. The first study was conducted by Pawsafe, an animal advocacy group. In their study, Kansas is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly state. The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The other study was conducted by Safewise, a consumer review site for safety across the country. In their study, Kansas is ranked as the 12th most pet-friendly state in the country!
Combining these two studies places Kansas towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.
Are cities in Kansas pet-friendly?
The cities individually didn’t score quite as well. Financial advisor site Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how Kandas’ largest city ranked.
Wichita was ranked 76th overall, which could be better. Wallethub scored the city 20th in pet budget, 82nd in pet health and wellness, and 98th in outdoor pet-friendliness.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Wichita scored in the 66th position, with 0.7 parks per 100,000 people.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Kansas
BringFido lists Kansas as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 700 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee and Iliff Commons in Topeka as top dog-friendly attractions.
Forty-three percent of Kansas residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Kansans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Kansas are Labradors, Retrievers, and Beagles. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Kansas
Kansas saved 49,147 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,971 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Forty-two out of 98 of the animal shelters within Kansas are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 87%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but is close!
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