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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 Oregon?
Super dog-friendly! Oregon is regularly ranked in the top five best states for pets. Two of the best review sites for pet safety and comfort are Pawsafe and Safewise. Both give Oregon excellent marks.
Pawsafe’s study examined each state according to some pet-friendly metrics. They evaluated things like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations and services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In the Pawsafe study, Oregon ranked as the 4th most pet-friendly state in the country. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws, which related to animal abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
In their own separate study, Safewise also ranked Oregon as the 4th most pet-friendly state, for many of the same factors. Combining these two studies puts Oregon at the front of the pack of pet-friendly states!
Are cities in Oregon pet-friendly?
Consumer review site Wallethub has an extensive survey of the 100 largest cities in the country and then ranks them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few Oregon cities did.
In their study, Portland was the 19th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 4th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 76th for pet budget, and 21st for pet health and wellness.
In a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study that ranks cities for dog parks per capita, Portland ranked 2nd on the list at 5.4 per 100,000 residents.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Oregon
BringFido lists Oregon as a very pet-friendly travel destination with over 4400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Thirty-eight percent of Oregon residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much!
What dogs do people love in Oregon? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Oregon are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Boxers, and Border Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Oregon
Oregon saved 35,980 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 612 animals were killed over this same period.
Thirty out of 46 of the animal shelters within Oregon are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is moderately high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is barely short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Good job, overall!
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