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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 Boston?
A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Boston is ranked as the 67th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best for outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 35th in the country.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Boston
Boston has numerous pet-friendly places for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. According to a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study, there are 1.8 parks for every 100,000 residents. Over 15 of these are off-leash parks where your dog can roam without constraint. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are North End Dog Park, Boston Common, Belle Isle Marsh, Channel Center Dog Park, and Paul Revere Dog Park.
In Boston, you’ll find a number of great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Boston Public Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, The Esplanade, and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
The city is also home to several water activities you and your dog can enjoy. Boston Harbor Cruises welcomes dogs on their cruises and ferries, and Paddle Boston rents kayaks and paddleboards for your four-legged friends.
Life in Boston with a dog
With over 136 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have somewhere to grab a meal in Boston. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Toro, Joe’s American Bar and Grill, Thorntons Fenway Bar and Grille, and The Frogmore Lowcountry Kitchen and Bar.
Boston has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and almost a dozen dog-friendly shopping centers. At the SoWa Open Market street festival, you and your dog can enjoy hundreds of the artisans and vendors and some of the best food and art New England has to offer.
If you have friends or family visiting Boston, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Colonnade Hotel, The Eliot Hotel, Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston, and Copley House.
Popular dog breeds in Boston
Boston is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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