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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.
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 Virginia?
If you’re looking to adopt a pup in Virginia, we have good news for you – the state stacks up well in terms of pet safety and dog-friendly establishments.
Pawsafe ranked Virginia the 7th most pet-friendly state in the country. The site conducts research into factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
They found that Virginia has 728 pet-friendly accommodations and 180 restaurants, along with 357 unique attractions for visiting pets. In the same study, the state ranked 14th for pet services and 15th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also ranked 12th for pet-friendly trails.
Safewise, another great research site, conducted a similar study that ranked Virginia 20th for pet-friendliness. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws. The majority of these laws are related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
How pet-friendly are cities in Virginia?
SmartAsset reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. In their study, Arlington was ranked quite high at 13th. The city has 12 dog-friendly shopping centers and a high number of parks, with 3.5 per 100,000 residents.
WalletHub also ranks the country’s biggest cities for their pet accomodations. In it, Chesapeake ranks 48th for pet-friendliness. Specifically, it ranks 21st for outdoor pet-friendliness, 81st for health and wellness, and 58th for pet budget.
The city of Chesapeake also has the 20th highest dog parks per capita, with 2 per 100,000 residents.
Virginia Beach and Norfolk
A few other Virginia cities made it lower on the list. Virginia Beach is ranked 60th, and Norfolk is ranked 92nd.
However, a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows that Norfolk has the 4th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more stats for Virginia’s pets
Only 35% of Virginia residents own a dog. This is below the national average of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Virginia are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles. The official state dog is the American Foxhound. In the Arlington area, the most popular dogs are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, and Poodles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Virginia
Virginia is average when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 96,044 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7 were killed during the same period. Out of 151 animal shelters, 93 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is just below 85%. With that, Virginia has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state. We hope to see continuous improvement in this area!
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