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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 Durham?
A recent study from WalletHub analyzed some of the largest US cities to find the most pet-friendly. In the study, Durham is ranked the 84th most pet-friendly location in the country. The city is one of the most affordable places to have a dog as it scored 8th overall in the pet budget category.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Durham
Durham has tons of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 1.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. A few of the most popular dog parks are Northgate Dog Park, Piney Wood Dog Park, and Durham Dog Park.
In Durham, you’ll also find several great dog-friendly trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few of the best spots to explore are Eno River State Park, Eagles Spur Rail-Trail, Buckquarter Creek Trail, and American Tobacco Trail.
Life in Durham with a dog
Durham has over 50 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your pup will always have a variety of options when you want to get something to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Local 22, Fullsteam Brewery, Geer Street Garden, and Rookie’s.
Norfolk has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, pet stores, and doggy daycares. The city is also one of the best places to live when you need to find a residence for you and your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Durham the 7th best city for the number of pet-friendly rental listings.
If you have friends or family visiting Durham, they’ll have dozens of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include JB Duke Hotel, Unscripted Durham, Sonesta Select, and Aloft Durham.
Popular dog breeds in Durham
Durham is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Beagles, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you end up adding to your family, your new pup will find many canine peers throughout the city.
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