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Border Collie Characteristics
The Border Collie breed was bred to herd sheep in the hills between England and Scotland. They’re wonderfully intelligent and have an abundance of energy and desire to work, all of which makes them a top choice for herding on ranches today. While their energy may make them a handful, these are loving dogs who also make great family companions as long as they get their exercise!
The Border Collie is a medium-sized herding dog, standing between 18-22 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 30-45 pounds. They come in a variety of colors including blue and red merle and are equipped with a thick double coat which helps keep them warm through the Scottish winters. These dogs are heavy shedders, so plan to frequently groom and brush your pup in order to keep stray hair at bay.
As previously mentioned, the Border Collie is a breed with almost unlimited energy and is an excellent match for highly active individuals and families. While they love snuggling on a couch, they need to get their energy out first! These dogs are accustomed to running dozens of miles a day while herding sheep, so they make great companions for runners, hikers, and athletes. Even a big backyard and a ball or stick can help your Border Collie get some of the zoomies out.
With their high intelligence and alertness, Border Collies are always a top contender in canine performance sports. Their excess of energy and extreme trainability are traits that allow them to excel at agility, advanced obedience, flyball, flying disc, tracking, or freestyle obedience.
Training your Border Collie frequently for performance sports is one of the few sure-fire ways to ensure they are having their exercise needs met and are being mentally stimulated. They love having a sense of purpose and a way to make their owners pleased.
How dog-friendly is Arlington?
A recent study from WalletHub analyzed some of the biggest US cities to find the most pet-friendly places for owning a dog. In the study, Arlington is ranked as the 69th most pet-friendly. The city is above average when it comes to raising a healthy pet, ranking 45th out of all major cities for pet health and wellness.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Arlington
Arlington has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy the Texas sun. Many of these dog parks are off-leash parks where your dog can roam without restraint. A few of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Rush Creek Dog Park, Cravens Park, and Tails N’ Trails Dog Park.
In Arlington and the surrounding area, you’ll also find several dog-friendly hiking trails for when you want to go on an extended walk with your pup. Some sports worth exploring include Cedar Ridge Nature Reserve, Trinity Park, Bachman Lake Loop Trail, and Horseshoe Trail.
Life in Arlington with a dog
Arlington has over 75 pet-friendly restaurants meaning you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are BoomerJacks, J.R. Bentley’s English Pubs, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, and The Grease Monkey.
Arlington has many other dog-friendly establishments, including pet stores, daycares, and groomers. When you need to find a place to live with your dog, you’ll have plenty of options. A study from Zumper found Arlington to have the 36th most pet-friendly rentals per capita.
If you ever have friends or family in town for a visit, they too will have no trouble finding somewhere to stay with their dogs as the city has dozens of pet-friendly hotels. Many of these spots won’t charge extra fees for bringing a pet on the journey. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in Arlington are The Sanford House Inn & Spa, Aloft Arlington, and Kasa Arlington.
Popular dog breeds in Arlington
Arlington is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Poodles, Cockapoos, Beagles, Golden Doodles, Chihuahuas, Labradoodles, Border Collies, and Dachshunds. But, no matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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