Australian Shepherd Puppies for Sale in South Dakota, SD
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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 Dakota?
South Dakota is a great state for traveling with your dog and has strong animal welfare laws. Though it has some room to grow, South Dakota ranks pretty well for dog-friendliness.
We evaluated two major studies to understand how each state accommodates pets. Both studies surveyed all 50 states and ranked them for pet-friendly factors like access to pet care and services, animal cruelty laws, dog parks, outdoor spaces, and more.
The first was conducted by an animal welfare group called Pawsafe. Pawsafe ranked South Dakota as the 23rd most pet-friendly state. In this study, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The second study comes from a safety review site called Safewise. They had a harsher view of South Dakota and ranked the state as 38th most pet-friendly in the country.
But if we put these two studies together, South Dakota ranks pretty well in the middle of the pack.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in South Dakota
BringFido lists South Dakota as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Reptile Gardens and Custer State Park as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Thirty-two percent of South Dakota residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40% but still shows that the state loves dogs.
What kinds of dogs do South Dakotans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Dakota are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Dakota
South Dakota saved 10,836 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,824 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Six out of 23 of the animal shelters within South Dakota are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has a below-average save rate of 77%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Improving this percentage will go a long way to ranking South Dakota higher compared to other states.
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