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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 Idaho?
We have to be honest that Idaho has some areas to improve in its dog-friendly status. But not to worry, the state does have some great highlights! It’s a stellar travel destination for people who travel with their pets and has some very dog-friendly cities.
Overall, the two leading studies rank Idaho as 36th and 47th for pet-friendliness. Since there are only 50 states, this isn’t the best. The studies compare states by their adherence to important factors like pet-friendly accommodations, access to pet services, animal cruelty laws, and even pet-friendly outdoor space.
Pawsafe, an animal welfare site, ranks Idaho 47th. Idaho lags behind other states mainly because of its lax animal cruelty laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise, a safety review site, ranked Idaho a little bit higher as the 36th most pet-friendly state in the country. Combining these two studies together puts Idaho towards the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states.
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Are cities in Idaho pet-friendly?
Wallethub is a finance site, but they also publish a fantastic review scoring the 100 biggest cities in the U.S. on their friendliness to pets.
Boise is both Idaho’s capital and largest city, with a population of about a quarter-million. Wallethub’s study ranks Boise in the 13th position for pet-friendly cities in the U.S. Boise scored 38th in pet budget, 48th in pet health and wellness, and 12th in outdoor pet-friendliness.
Best of all? Boise scored as number one for dog parks in a survey by the Trust for Public Land. The city has 5.7 dog parks per 100,000 people.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Idaho
BringFido lists Idaho as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,200 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Thirty-three percent of Idaho residents own a dog, which is slightly below the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Idaho residents love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Idaho are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Beagles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Idaho
Idaho saved 29,564 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,728 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Twenty-one out of 33 of the animal shelters within Idaho are no-kill shelters, which is higher than many other states. Idaho also has an average save rate of 86%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but not too far off.
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