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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 Minnesota?
Minnesota has some excellent dog-friendly accommodations and services and is well on its way to becoming one of the more pet-friendly states. It’s a great place to own a dog!
We evaluated scores across two primary studies to get accurate state rankings. Both studies ranked states according to various pet-friendly criteria like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations and services, and the number of hiking trails and dog parks.
The first study, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Minnesota as 14th most pet-friendly state. This includes a good ranking for its animal welfare laws which evaluate laws against abuse, neglect and fighting.
Safewise, a national safety evaluator, ranked Minnesota as the 26th most pet-friendly state. A little lower than Pawsafe, but still doing pretty well comparatively.
Combining these two studies together puts Minnesota towards the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states.
Are cities in Minnesota pet-friendly?
The personal finance site Wallethub ran a study to evaluate cities for pet-friendliness. They reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country. Here’s how Minnesota’s biggest cities stack up.
Minneapolis ranked 28th on the list, scoring 63rd place for pet budget, 25th for pet health and wellness, and 25th for 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. Minneapolis ranked 27th on the list at 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 people.
Even though Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as the Twin Cities, they rank differently in terms of pet-friendliness. St. Paul also ranked well, but just a few spots lower than Minneapolis at the 33rd spot for overall pet-friendliness.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Minnesota
BringFido lists Minnesota as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1800 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Minnehaha Park and Minnesota Point as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Thirty-five percent of Minnesota residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not a whole lot lower.
What kinds of dogs do Minnesotans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Minnesota are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Beagles, and French Bulldogs.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Minnesota
Minnesota saved 52,742 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,380 animals were killed over this same period.
Thirty-two out of 90 of the animal shelters within Minnesota are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is rather low, but the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state but is improving.
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