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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 Chicago?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Chicago is ranked as the 64th most pet-friendly city. Chicago’s strength lies in its health and wellness for pets, for which the city ranked 13th overall. The study also found Chicago to boast the 3rd highest number of animal shelters per capita. A similar study conducted by SmartAsset ranked Chicago as the 16th most pet-friendly of all US cities.
Dog parks and activities
As the nation’s third-largest city, there are plenty of parks for you and your dog to enjoy. According to the SmartAsset study mentioned above, the city has 1.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. There is a massive string of parks along the Lake Michigan shoreline with the Lakefront Trail, which runs for 18 miles connecting neighborhoods, beaches, and famous attractions like Navy Pier and Soldier Field.
Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Wiggly Field, Winnemac Park, and Jackson Bark by the Museum of Science and Industry.
There are two beaches in Chicago that allow you to bring your dog; Belmont Harbor Beach and Montrose Beach. Both beaches have areas dedicated solely to dogs, which your pup can use to roam and play off-leash. Each also has its own set of other amenities for dogs.
Life in Chi-Town with a dog
With over 570 dog-friendly restaurants, Chicago is one of the best places to grab a bite with your furry friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Chicago include O’Brien’s Riverwalk Cafe, Big Star, Cody’s Public House, and 312 Chicago.
Chicago offers plenty of other dog-friendly establishments, including groomers, spa services, and pet stores. Plus, there are 12 dog-friendly shopping centers in the city. The Chicago Transit Authority allows small pets in crates aboard the busses and train lines.
Popular breeds in ChicagoThe Windy City is home to a diverse assortment of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds.
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