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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 Delaware?

Delaware is a great state to own a pet! Compared to all 50 states, Delaware tends to rank as a fairly average location for things like pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, and more. But great spots for dogs to roam and play, plus good animal welfare laws make Delaware a solid home for your pup.


Two different leading studies rank Delaware as 28th and 29th most pet-friendly state. 


An animal advocacy group called Pawsafe publishes a well-known study ranking the states by factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails. They ranked Delaware 28th but gave it good marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Another great study comes from the safety site Safewise. They ranked Delaware 29th with similar rankings across the various indicators. 


The consistency between these two studies places Delaware firmly in the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Delaware

BringFido lists Delaware as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 600 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site recommends Fenwick Island State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park as fantastic for dog-friendly activities.


Delaware does love dogs! Forty-two percent of Delaware residents own a dog, which is higher than the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do Delawareans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Delaware are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Beagles. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Delaware

Delaware saved 11,666 dogs and cats during 2020. No animals were reported killed over this same period. 

Amazingly, all of the animal shelters within Delaware are no-kill shelters.

 

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