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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 Virginia?
If you’re looking to adopt a pup in Virginia, we have good news for you – the state stacks up well in terms of pet safety and dog-friendly establishments.
Pawsafe ranked Virginia the 7th most pet-friendly state in the country. The site conducts research into factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
They found that Virginia has 728 pet-friendly accommodations and 180 restaurants, along with 357 unique attractions for visiting pets. In the same study, the state ranked 14th for pet services and 15th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also ranked 12th for pet-friendly trails.
Safewise, another great research site, conducted a similar study that ranked Virginia 20th for pet-friendliness. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws. The majority of these laws are related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
How pet-friendly are cities in Virginia?
SmartAsset reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. In their study, Arlington was ranked quite high at 13th. The city has 12 dog-friendly shopping centers and a high number of parks, with 3.5 per 100,000 residents.
WalletHub also ranks the country’s biggest cities for their pet accomodations. In it, Chesapeake ranks 48th for pet-friendliness. Specifically, it ranks 21st for outdoor pet-friendliness, 81st for health and wellness, and 58th for pet budget.
The city of Chesapeake also has the 20th highest dog parks per capita, with 2 per 100,000 residents.
Virginia Beach and Norfolk
A few other Virginia cities made it lower on the list. Virginia Beach is ranked 60th, and Norfolk is ranked 92nd.
However, a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows that Norfolk has the 4th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more stats for Virginia’s pets
Only 35% of Virginia residents own a dog. This is below the national average of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Virginia are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles. The official state dog is the American Foxhound. In the Arlington area, the most popular dogs are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, and Poodles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Virginia
Virginia is average when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 96,044 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7 were killed during the same period. Out of 151 animal shelters, 93 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is just below 85%. With that, Virginia has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state. We hope to see continuous improvement in this area!
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