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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.
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 Maryland?
We have good news for Maryland’s dog lovers – the state ranks fairly well overall for pet-friendliness. Maryland is especially strong when it comes to protective laws for animals, which we love to see.
In the study by Pawsafe, a great source for tracking pet safety, Maryland ranked as the 22nd most pet-friendly state. The state also ranked 6th in terms of pet services available. The ranking was determined by adding up boutiques and supplies, boarding and daycare facilities, pet sitters, and veterinarians. It was also 6th for dog trails per capita. Of the 988 parks in the state, 655 are dog-friendly. Maryland is clearly a great place for adventurous pups
Safewise conducted a similar study and ranked Maryland as the 15th most pet-friendly state. In the study, the state receives strong marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. However, Safewise did find the state to have a very low amount of pet-friendly rentals, with just 27% of rentals accepting dogs and cats.
Is Baltimore a pet-friendly city?
Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and the state’s economic center. A study by Wallethub found that Baltimore was the 13th least pet-friendly city. It ranked 53rd for outdoor pet-friendliness, 62nd for pet budget, and 87th for pet health and wellness.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks. In the study, Baltimore is ranked 78th with 0.5 parks per 100,000 residents. There are three total dog parks in the city.
Of course, plenty of Baltimore residents have wonderful happy lives with their dogs. But a few of the perks you can find in other cities just aren’t there.
A few more statistics for Maryland’s dog lovers
Only 30% of Maryland residents own a dog. This is well below the national average of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Georgia are loving family breeds: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers. In Baltimore, the most popular breeds are Jack Russell Terriers, Beagles, Pugs, Labradoodles, and Goldens.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Maryland
Maryland saved 44,282 dogs and cats during 2020. This is 3,553 more animals than in 2019. Approximately 5,619 were killed in the past year. Out of 40 animal shelters, only 15 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 79.5%. This is one of the lowest rates in the country. We like to see Maryland moving in the right direction, but there’s quite a way to go yet.
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