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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 Killeen?

A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Killeen is ranked the 47th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A+ for its cost of dog insurance. In fact, the city has the 6th lowest average dog insurance premiums in the country.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Killeen

Killeen and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and enjoy the warm Texas sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Mickey’s Dog Park, Purser Family Park, and Monarch Park Dog Park. 


Killeen and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Harker Heights Community Park, Heritage Park, and Eagle Nature Trail at Central Texas College. 

Life in Killeen with a dog

Killeen has a variety of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area include Thai Thai, Jokers IceHouse Bar & Grill, and Freebirds World Burrito. 


Killeen has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If you have friends or family visiting Killeen, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are Shilo Inn & Suites Killeen, Best Western Plus, and The Peach Tree Inn.       

Popular dog breeds in Killeen

Killeen is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls, Bulldogs, Rottweilers, Chihuahuas, and Dachshunds. No matter which breed you decide to add to your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.

 

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