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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 Washington?
Very!! Washington is consistently ranked quite high in lists of the most pet-friendly states – thanks to its pet-friendly restaurants, parks, and wonderful outdoors scene.
In fact, Safewise ranked Washington as the most pet-friendly state in the country. There are several important factors behind Washington’s rating but the strongest is the high number of pet-friendly rentals. Washington ranks second among all states with 55% of rentals accepting pets.
A similar study from Pawsafe didn’t put Washington in first place, but still ranked them fairly well at 19th of all 50 states. They also placed Washington ninth for animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Is Seattle a good place for pet ownership?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest cities in the United States to find the most pet-friendly city. Their research looked at a variety of factors, with their primary focus on pet budget, health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendly activities.
In the study, Wallethub graded Seattle as the 17th most pet-friendly city. The city performed well for pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 18th and 11th respectively. Pet care is more expensive in Seattle, so the city ended up in 70th place for pet budget. The study also found Seattle to have the highest number of dog-friendly restaurants per capita.
A study from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) showed that Seattle has the 20th highest number of dog parks per capita, with two dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more doggy facts about Washington
Almost 43% of Washington residents own a dog, which is well above the national average of 40%. You’ll be sure to find a dog-loving community almost anywhere in Washington. Other pets are also popular in Washington and the state’s total pet ownership rate is above average, with close to 63% of Washington families owning a pet.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in the state and Seattle are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. Other common breeds include Chihuahuas, Australian Shepherds, Border Collies and Mini Poodles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Washington
Washington is one of the best states regarding animal shelters and saving pets. The state saved 1,688 more animals in 2020 than in 2019. Also, 45 of the state’s 63 animal shelters are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is slightly over 89%. If Washington increases its save rate just a little more, it will pass 90% and become a no-kill state. We love to see it!
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