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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 Colorado Springs?
A recent WalletHub study analyzed the 100 biggest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Colorado Springs is ranked the 18th most pet-friendly. The city is a great spot for your dogs to enjoy the outdoors, which is why it was ranked 22nd overall for pet-friendliness. The city is also a great place to raise a healthy pet, ranking 26th for pet health and wellness.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get his daily dose of exercise. According to a study from Trust For Public Land (TPL), the city has 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Among these are nearly ten off-leash parks where dogs can play without constraint. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Bear Creek Dog Park, Cheyenne Meadows Dog Park, Eastridge Dog Park, and Jackson Park.
Colorado Springs also has over a dozen hiking trails, one of the highest numbers in the country. A few spots worth exploring with your furry friend include Garden of the Gods, Mount Cutler, Seven Bridges Trail Head, and Ute Valley Park.
Life in Colorado Springs with a dog
With over 150 pet-friendly restaurants, you’ll always have plenty of spots to grab a meal with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Pub Dog Colorado, Mountain Shadows Restaurant, Shuga’s, and The Burrowing Owl.
In Colorado Springs, you can enjoy plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including pet shops, groomers, and daycare. Plus, the city is one of the best for finding somewhere to live with your furry companion. A study from Zumper ranked Colorado Springs 3rd out of all American cities for pet-friendly rentals.
If you have friends or family headed to Colorado Springs, they will find no shortage of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are The Broadmoor, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and The Mining Exchange Grand Hotel.
Popular dog breeds in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Australian Cattle Dogs, Great Danes, Australian Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, and Border Collies. No matter which breed you choose to add to your family, your new pup will have many peers across the city.
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