Old English Sheepdog Puppies for Sale in Nebraska, NE
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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 Nebraska?
While some studies are inconsistent, Nebraska generally ranks very well for pet-friendliness. It’s a great place to own a dog and has some great laws protecting animals.
We use two primary studies to track a state’s friendliness for pets. One ranks Nebraska in the top ten, and the other in the top 25.
The first study comes from an animal advocacy group, Pawsafe. They ranked Nebraska 9th compared to all 50 states, according to factors like pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, and more. The state also scored well in its report for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The second study comes from the safety review site Safewise. They ranked Nebraska as the 23rd most pet-friendly state in the country. Still in the top half, but not quite top ten.
However, if we combine the two studies, Nebraska still ranks at the front of the list!
Are cities in Nebraska pet-friendly?
To track the best cities, the review site Wallethub ranked the top 100 biggest cities in the U.S. for pet-friendly factors. Here’s how Nebraska stacked up.
Omaha is Nebraska’s largest city, with a population of nearly half a million. Wallethub ranked Omaha as 24th of the largest 100 cities. Pretty great!
A couple of the most popular dog-friendly destinations in Omaha are the Big Papio Trail and the Keystone Trail.
The city survey ranked Lincoln as 21st overall, coming in 4th for pet budget, 67th for pet health and wellness, and 69th for outdoor pet-friendliness. Lincoln also made it onto a list from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) that puts together the best cities for dog parks. Lincoln ranked 34th out of the top 100 cities, with 1.4 dog parks per 100,000 people.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Nebraska
BringFido lists Nebraska as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Nebraska also loves dogs! Forty-seven percent of Nebraska residents own a dog, which is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Nebraskans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Nebraska are Labradors, Beagles, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and German Shepherds.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Nebraska
Nebraska saved 24,545 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 2,378 animals were killed over this same period.
Fourteen out of 52 of the animal shelters within Nebraska are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has an average save rate of 82%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Just a little bit of improvement will help push Nebraska into the right zone.
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