Shetland Sheepdog Puppies for Sale in Indiana, IN
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Shetland Sheepdog Characteristics
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 Indiana?
Indiana ranks very well across multiple studies as a great place to own a pup! Indiana residents seem to love dogs, and a wide range of pet-friendly accommodations and travel options help boost the state, too.
Animal safety review sites Pawsafe and Safewise give Indiana great marks.
Pawsafe ranked Indiana as the 12th most pet-friendly state in a study that evaluated factors like dog-friendly parks, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and more. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise ranked Indiana 8th for pet-friendliness. Combining these two studies together puts Indiana towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.
Are cities in Indiana pet-friendly?
Another review site, Wallethub, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country and ranked them by pet-friendly factors. Here’s how a few Indiana cities stacked up.
In their study, Indianapolis was the 43rd most pet-friendly city. It ranked 96th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 14th for pet budget, and 47th for pet health and wellness.
There are a few other Indiana cities on the list. Fort Wayne is positioned 45th with the 100th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 1st for pet budget, and 65th for pet health and wellness.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Indiana
BringFido lists Indiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1100 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Forty-nine percent of Indiana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Indiana are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Indiana
Indiana saved 85,903 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,552 animals were killed over this same period. Thirty-one percent of the animal shelters within Indiana are no-kill shelters.
While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is moderately short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Overall, it seems Indiana is working hard to keep animals safe, and we hope to see continued progress.
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