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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 Louisiana?
Louisiana is a wonderful state for dogs and their humans to live and travel! The state ranks consistently higher than its neighbor, Mississippi, as well.
A few regular studies help us rank the 50 states by pet-friendliness. Two reputable studies rank all 50 states according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet services, pet-friendly living, dog parks, hiking trails, and more.
The first study comes from the animal advocacy group Pawsafe. They rank Louisiana as the 24th most pet-friendly state. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to pet abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The second study comes from the safety review site Safewise. THey ranked Louisiana a little bit higher, as the 18th most pet-friendly state in the country.
Overall, these two rankings set Louisiana in a solid, healthy spot for pet-friendliness.
Are cities in Louisiana pet-friendly?
We also keep an eye on a study by Wallethub that reviews the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness.
New Orleans is Louisiana’s biggest city with a population of nearly 400,000. Wallethub ranked New Orleans in the 10th spot overall out of 100! The city ranked 34th in pet budget and 10th in pet health and wellness, but slightly lower at 44th in outdoor pet-friendliness – mostly due to the heat and humidity.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study ranked New Orleans 58th for dog parks compared to the 100 other largest cities. New Orleans has 0.8 dog parks per 100,000 people.
The top dog-friendly attractions in this very popular tourist destination are Ghost City Tours and Metairie Cemetery.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Louisiana
BringFido lists Louisiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,000 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Louisianans love dogs! Thirty-eight percent of Louisiana residents own a dog. While this is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, it’s pretty close.
What kinds of dogs do Louisianans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular breeds in Louisiana are Labradors, Beagles, and Bulldogs. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Retrievers.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Louisiana
Louisiana saved 57,747 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 15,288 animals were killed over this same period.
Twenty-five of 80 of the animal shelters within Louisiana are no-kill shelters, which is quite low. The state also has a below-average save rate of 71%. This is well short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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