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Shetland Sheepdog Characteristics
The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is an intelligent, quick, and obedient herding dog from Scotland's remote Shetland Islands. Modern-day "Shelties" are loving, devoted companions for whole families and superstars in dog sports like agility and obedience. With proper training and early socialization, the Sheltie can mesh well with adults, children, and other animals with ease.
Shelties are often mistaken for their larger cousin, the Collie. The two share a similar cone-shaped face and fluffy rough coat, but standing between 13-16 inches at the shoulder, the Shetland Sheepdog is a bit shorter than the Collie. Eager to be trained and directed, the Sheltie is a top-notch competitor and loves to have a job, whether that's competing in an agility course or herding sheep.
The dense undercoat makes these dogs heavy shedders, and we don’t recommend them for people with sensitive allergies. Sheltie families should plan for regular grooming and frequent brushing to keep stray hair to a minimum. These dogs come in a variety of striking coats, including blue merle and sable. Shelties are relatively calm in smaller homes and can handle apartment living if they're provided frequent walks. Otherwise, they live their best lives with a fenced-in yard where they can run around.
This breed is notoriously smart. A combination of their athletic ability, intelligence, and willingness to please makes them a top contender within performance events in their size group. This collection of attributes can make them successful athletes or successful escape artists, depending on how their energy is used. Ensuring these dogs have a job and purpose will help funnel their energy properly and ensure you don't have to chase them down at the dog park.
How dog-friendly is Amarillo?
A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest reviewed some of the largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Amarillo is ranked as the 27th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A for the cost of dog insurance premiums and a B for dog parks.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Amarillo
Amarillo has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup to play and get their daily dose of exercise. A few of the most popular dog parks in the city are Critter Camp Bark Park, John Stiff Memorial Dog Park, Thompson Dog Park, and Southeast Dog Park.
Amarillo and the surrounding area also have several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a scenic walk with your dog. Medical Center Park, Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, Rock Island Rail Trail, and Amarillo Botanical are a few great spots to explore.
Life in Amarillo with a dog
Amarillo has dozens of 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 Smokey Joe’s, Joe Taco, Tyler’s Barbeque, Six Car Pub & Brewery, and Hummers Sports Cafe.
Amarillo has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, every year, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are in Amarillo 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 Candlewood Suites, Hyatt Place, Atrea Inn, and Drury Inn & Suites.
Popular dog breeds in Amarillo
Amarillo is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labrador Retrievers, Beagles, Goldens, Maltese, Dachshunds, and Boxers. No matter which kind of dog you decide to bring into your home, your new pup will find many of its peers throughout the city.
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