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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 Irving?

A study from WalletHub reviewed some of the largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Irving is ranked the 82nd most pet-friendly location. The city is one of the best places to raise a healthy pup, as it scored 33rd overall for pet health and wellness. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Irving

Irving has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to enjoy the warm Texas sun. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 1.2 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city and the surrounding area include Irving Dog Park, Freedom Dog Park, and Hound Mound Dog Park. 


In Irving and the nearby area, you’ll also find dozens of dog-friendly hiking trails for when you want to go on a long walk with your dog. A few great trails to explore are Arbor Hills Trail, Windhaven Park Trail, and Oak Point Park.

Life in Irving with a dog

Irving has over 40 pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat with your furry friend. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include The Ranch at Las Colinas, Java Me Up, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, and Fish City Grill.


Irving is home to many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, the city is one of the best locations when it comes time to find somewhere to live with your dog. According to Zumper, Irving is 15th in the country for pet-friendly rentals.


If you have friends or family visiting Irving, they too will have plenty of spots where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Texican Court Hotel, Hyatt Place Las Colinas, and Residence Inn. 

Popular dog breeds in Irving

Irving is home to a diverse range of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, and Goldendoodles. So, whichever breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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