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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 South Carolina?
South Carolina is a great place to own a dog! If you’re looking to adopt a fuzzy companion in South Carolina, you should be excited about all the amazing trails and outdoor adventures available to you and your pup.
Pawsafe, a trusted animal safety evaluator, conducted a study to rank each state according to its pet-friendliness. They ranked South Carolina as the 8th most pet-friendly state in the country!
The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails. Three hundred ninety-three of the state’s 608 trails are dog-friendly (66.6%), which puts South Carolina at 11th overall. The study ranked South Carolina 4th in terms of pet-friendly restaurants. Three hundred sixty-six of the state’s 8,466 restaurants will welcome your dog.
Pawsafe also ranked South Carolina 5th for animal cruelty laws. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
A few more facts for dog lovers in South Carolina
Forty-five percent of South Carolina residents own a dog. This is one of the highest ownership rates in the country and well above the 40% national average.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles. The most popular dog breeds in Charleston are English Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Labradoodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The state dog of South Carolina is the Boykin spaniel.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Carolina
South Carolina saved 83,447 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,005 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 60 animal shelters, only 27 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 83%. The state has some work to get to the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state. We hope to see South Carolina improve on this number in the coming years!
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