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The Collie is a widely recognized breed due to its iconic majestic coat and fame as the dog "Lassie" in the famous TV show bearing the same name. Always light on its feet, the Collie is a graceful and effective herding dog as well as a fantastic family companion when properly trained and socialized.
The Collie was originally bred in Scotland, primarily in the highland regions. Effectively used as a herding partner, the Collie is fast and elegant. Standing around 22-26 inches and weighing between 50-70 pounds, the breed often looks much larger due to its puffy coat, which can be seen in tri-color and blue merle along with others in the "rough" or "smooth" variety. Unsurprisingly, the breed is a top shedder, and regular grooming and frequent brushing are encouraged to keep hair contained around the house.
Fame from the 50s TV show "Lassie" launched this breed into popularity, and though it's lost favor to some smaller, newer breeds, the Collie makes a fantastic all-around companion. These dogs are eager to please and love socializing with everyone in the family, including children. They are considered very easy to train and develop a strong loyalty to their humans, so some early socialization and obedience training will go a long way.
Collies, like many herding dogs, have an abundance of energy and a strong desire for purpose. Unless you live on a farm and provide them with sheep to herd, teaching your Collie some tricks or training them for canine performance sports will provide them the mental stimulation and aerobic exercise they crave. Many herding dogs are prone to act out and become destructive if not given a purpose or adequate exercise, and Collies are no exception. But with shared activities and space to play, Collies will thrive with their families.
How dog-friendly is Salt Lake City?
A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest analyzes some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Salt Lake City is ranked the 2nd most pet-friendly city with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city scored an A for dog parks, dog-friendly trails, and dog-friendly restaurants.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and get some exercise. A few of the most popular dog parks in the city are Cottonwood Park Off-Leash Area, Tanner Park, Memory Grove Off-Leash Area, and Parley’s Nature Reserve.
In Salt Lake City, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Jordan River Parkway, Millcreek Canyon, Neffs Canyon Trail, and Grandeur Peak East Trail.
Life in Salt Lake City with a dog
Salt Lake City has over 80 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to grab something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include The Green Pig Pub, Finn’s Cafe, Zest Kitchen & Bar, Bruges Waffles & Frites, and Kings Peak Coffee Roasters.
Salt Lake City has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. Plus, every year, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
The city is also a great location when it comes time to find a place to live with your pet. According to Zumper, Salt Lake City is the 14th best city for pet-friendly rental listings.
If your friends or family are in Salt Lake City for a visit, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Sheraton Salt Lake City, and Hyatt Place.
Popular dog breeds in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labs, German Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Poodles, and Shih Tzus. No matter what kind of dog you decide to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its fellow dogs across the city.
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