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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 North Carolina?
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in North Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in North Carolina
North Carolina has some room to grow in terms of animal welfare. The state saved 142,235 dogs and cats during 2020. However, approximately 27,031 animals were killed in the past year. Out of 132 animal shelters, only 41 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 76%, one of the lowest in the country. We hope to see North Carolina improve this in the coming years!
North Carolina is a wonderful state for dogs and their owers – especially if you enjoy taking your four-legged friend on hikes and adventures.
Pawsafe, a trusted pet safety review site, evaluated all 50 states according to several key factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In the study, they ranked North Carolina as the 38th most pet-friendly state. The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails, too. Of the state’s 2,202 trails, 1,464 of the trails are dog-friendly (66.5%). This ranks 8th in the country!
Safewise conducted a similar study in which North Carolina was ranked as the 22nd most pet-friendly state. Solid scores across the board.
Are cities in North Carolina dog-friendly?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few in North Caroline stacked up.
Raleigh ranked as the 29th most pet-friendly city in the country. However, it ranked 60th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 21st for pet budget, and 35th for pet health and wellness.
Winston Salem ranked as the 37th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 84th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 3rd for pet budget, and 88th for pet health and wellness.
Greensboro, Durham, and Charlotte
Greensboro was ranked 54th, Durham was ranked 84th, and Charlotte was ranked 94th.
The most popular dog breeds in Charlotte are Boxers, Miniature Schnauzer, Jack Russell Terriers, American Pit Bulls, Terriers, and Beagles.
How about city dog parks?
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Durham is ranked 31st with 1.5 parks per 100,000 residents. Raleigh came in a little lower on the list at 45th, with 1.1 dog parks. Greensboro and Winston Salem have 1 and 0.8 parks, respectively.
A few more facts for dog lovers in North Carolina
Forty-one percent of North Carolina residents own a dog. This puts the state above the 40% national average.
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