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Sheltidoodle Characteristics

The Sheltidoodle is a hybrid mix between the Shetland Sheepdog and the Poodle, and usually carries over some of the best characteristics from their parents. They’re highly affectionate, highly intelligent, and tend to love the outdoors. These dogs have an abundance of energy, and early socialization and obedience training is strongly recommended to have a manageable and obedient dog.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Accommodating

With the intelligence of the Poodle and the energy and loyalty of the Sheltie, the Sheltidoodle is a great all-around companion and working dog. Also known as a Sheltipoo or Sheltipoodle, this breed is becoming very popular due to its mild manners and hypoallergenic coat. Standing around 14-19 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 40-50 pounds, the Sheltidoodle's size can fluctuate depending on which type of poodle was used during breeding.

Like many dogs crossbred with the Poodle, the Sheltidoodle was originally bred as a companion dog for those who are allergic to animals. The Sheltidoodle was also meant to be a medium breed that did not suffer the same diseases as the Shetland Sheepdog or Poodle, both of which can be prone to health problems as a result of poor breeding or overbreeding.

Sheltidoodles are highly affectionate and very loving dogs. They are incredibly loyal to their families and want to protect them without being overly aggressive about it. They make great watchdogs without being too serious and aloof toward new people.  

Due to their abundance of energy, early socialization and obedience training is strongly recommended to keep your Sheltidoodle in line. Luckily, the intelligence from the Poodle side makes them easily trainable.

How dog-friendly is Iowa?

Iowa is a dog-friendly travel destination and has a lot of dog-lovers. But a few issues cause the state to rank rather poorly for dog-friendliness, particularly its lax animal welfare laws. 


We investigated two big studies ranking all 50 states by important pet-friendliness factors. The studies looked at things like pet-friendly accommodations, pet care and services, the number of dog parks or outdoor space, and animal welfare laws. 


The first study, by animal safety group Pawsafe, ranked Iowa as the 41st most pet-friendly state. The second study, by consumer safety group Safewise, ranked it as the 43rd most pet-friendly state in the country. The state scored poorly for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Combining these two studies together shows Iowa towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Iowa

It’s not all bad news for dog-lovers in Iowa! BringFido lists Iowa as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 900 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Racoon River and Lake Red Rock as top dog-friendly activities.


Thirty-six percent of Iowa residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much!


What kinds of dogs do Iowans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Iowa are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 


Animal welfare & dog shelters in Iowa

Iowa saved 33,222 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,350 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Thirty out of 61 of the animal shelters within Iowa are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 85%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but getting closer!

 

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