Old English Sheepdog Puppies for Sale in Montana, MT
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Old English Sheepdog Characteristics
Famous for its shaggy black and white coat, the Old English Sheepdog is instantly identifiable. These dogs were originally bred as herding dogs, but now are more popular as loving and protective household companions. The Old English Sheepdog (or OES for short) is a great candidate if you're looking for a large companion dog who is happy to learn and spend time with its people.
The Old English Sheepdog is thought to have originated in England in the late 1800s. After being brought to America in the early 1900s, it enjoyed a reputation as a breed for the upper-class. By the mid-1970s, it had reached peak popularity and was a common household companion. Since then, the popularity has dwindled due to the effort required to care for its iconic coat.
These are large dogs that appear even larger thanks to their fluffy exterior. Males stand around 22 inches tall and weigh 80 to 100 pounds. Females stand a little bit shorter at around 21 inches tall and weigh 60 to 85 pounds. While the OES does not shed as much as you might think, their coat does require a substantial amount of upkeep and professional grooming to prevent matting.
These dogs have lovable and clownish personalities and are always looking for ways to make their humans happy, whether adult or child. The OES is an intelligent breed and does well in obedience sports and herding. The Old English Sheepdog is prone to separation anxiety and does not enjoy spending substantial time outside, so keeping your OES inside where the people are is your best bet.
How dog-friendly is Montana?
Montana is a great place for dogs, especially in the summer – with gorgeous outdoor space and plenty of room for adventure.
The state ranks pretty consistently in the average range for overall pet-friendliness but has great strengths in animal welfare and dog-friendly attractions.
We reviewed two significant studies that rank all 50 states by pet-friendly factors. The first, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Montana as the 34th most pet-friendly state.
The second, by consumer safety review site Safewise, ranked Montana quite low at 45th.
The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. However, because of its harsh winters, and less access to pet services in rural areas, Montana took a hit.
Combining these two studies together put Montana towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Montana
BringFido lists Montana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Glacier National Park and Norm Schoenthal Island as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Fifty-two percent of Montana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Montanans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Montana are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Great outdoor pups! Other popular breeds include working dogs like Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Montana
Montana saved 16,140 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 444 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Eighteen out of 34 of the animal shelters within Montana are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 90%. This is equal to the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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