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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 North Carolina?
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in North Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in North Carolina
North Carolina has some room to grow in terms of animal welfare. The state saved 142,235 dogs and cats during 2020. However, approximately 27,031 animals were killed in the past year. Out of 132 animal shelters, only 41 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 76%, one of the lowest in the country. We hope to see North Carolina improve this in the coming years!
North Carolina is a wonderful state for dogs and their owers – especially if you enjoy taking your four-legged friend on hikes and adventures.
Pawsafe, a trusted pet safety review site, evaluated all 50 states according to several key factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In the study, they ranked North Carolina as the 38th most pet-friendly state. The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails, too. Of the state’s 2,202 trails, 1,464 of the trails are dog-friendly (66.5%). This ranks 8th in the country!
Safewise conducted a similar study in which North Carolina was ranked as the 22nd most pet-friendly state. Solid scores across the board.
Are cities in North Carolina dog-friendly?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few in North Caroline stacked up.
Raleigh ranked as the 29th most pet-friendly city in the country. However, it ranked 60th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 21st for pet budget, and 35th for pet health and wellness.
Winston Salem ranked as the 37th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 84th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 3rd for pet budget, and 88th for pet health and wellness.
Greensboro, Durham, and Charlotte
Greensboro was ranked 54th, Durham was ranked 84th, and Charlotte was ranked 94th.
The most popular dog breeds in Charlotte are Boxers, Miniature Schnauzer, Jack Russell Terriers, American Pit Bulls, Terriers, and Beagles.
How about city dog parks?
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Durham is ranked 31st with 1.5 parks per 100,000 residents. Raleigh came in a little lower on the list at 45th, with 1.1 dog parks. Greensboro and Winston Salem have 1 and 0.8 parks, respectively.
A few more facts for dog lovers in North Carolina
Forty-one percent of North Carolina residents own a dog. This puts the state above the 40% national average.
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