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Kim O.

10/31/2022

Shetland Sheepdog

My puppy is healthy and smart. She’s adorable. I’ve had her for a month now, no problems. I gave 4 stars because customer service is very hard to contact and the app crashes frequently.

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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.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Accommodating

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 Chula Vista?

A study from WalletHub reviewed some of the largest American cities to find the most pet-friendly spot in the country. In the study, Chula Vista is ranked the 70th most pet-friendly city. Chula Vista is a great place to raise a healthy dog, ranking 31st overall for pet health and wellness. The city also scored 36th overall for outdoor pet-friendliness.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Chula Vista

Chula Vista has plenty of dog-friendly parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and enjoy the warm California sun. According to a Trust For Public Land study, the city has 1.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents. This is the 24th highest in the country. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Montevalle Dog Park, Otay Ranch Dog Park, Veterans Dog Park, and Mount San Miguel Dog Park.

Chula Vista and the surrounding area have several fun hiking trails when you want to take your dog on a nice long walk. A couple of great trails to check out are Rice Canyon Demonstration Gardens, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Life in Chula Vista with a dog

Chula Vista has over a dozen pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog can enjoy a variety of different food when you want to go out to eat together. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Pho Hiep Grill, Novo Brazil Brewing, and Hector’s Mariscos Restaurant.

Chula Vista has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, and doggy daycares. There are also several dog-friendly shopping centers where you can browse and buy with your dog. One great place to enjoy with your pet is the outdoor shopping mall, Otay Ranch Town Center.

When your friends or family visit Chula Vista, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Residence Inn, La Quinta Inn Chula Vista, and Hotel Solamar.

Popular dog breeds in Chula Vista

Chula Vista is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Poodles, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter what dog breed you want to add to your family, your new dog will find many fellow canine companions across the city.

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