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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 Houston?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Houston is ranked as the 36th most pet-friendly city. WalletHub notes that Houston is one of the most affordable cities for owning a dog. The city ranked 28th overall for pet budget.

Dog parks and activities 

As one of the nation’s largest cities, Houston is filled with plenty of dog parks. According to a study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Houston has 16 dog parks, approximately 0.7 parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Congressman Bill Archer Park, Millie Bush Bark Park, and Danny Jackson Family Dog Park.


Being close to the Gulf of Mexico, there are several opportunities to beat the Texas heat. Your dog will love splashing around in the refreshing water, so long as they keep their paws cool in the hot sand. Some of the best dog-friendly beaches in the Houston area include Seawall Urban Park Beach, Stewart Beach Park, and East Beach.


Houston also has a swimming club for dogs to enjoy. It’s called Rummy’s Beach Club. It offers a warm water pool along with a private park just for dogs.

Life in Houston with a dog

With over 510 dog-friendly restaurants, Houston is one of the best places to grab a meal with your K9 friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Houston include Porch Swing Pub, Barnaby’s Cafe, Backstreet Cafe, and the Buffalo Grille.


Houston offers plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. There are flexible options for getting your pup around the city as The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County allows small pets on the city’s public transportation.


One of the highlights of owning a dog in Houston is the annual dog day hosted by the Astros. During this game, you can bring your furry companion with you to Minute Maid Park. Just make sure to get your tickets early in case they sell out.

Popular breeds in Houston

Houston is home to a wide variety of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds.

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