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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 Louisville?
A recent WalletHub study analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Louisville is ranked as the 42nd most dog-friendly. The city is a great place for caring for your pet as it ranks 24th for pet health and wellness. The study also found Louisville to be an affordable place to have a pet, with the 29th ranking for pet budget.
A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Louisville as the 23rd most pet-friendly city. In the study, they mention the city’s great walkability and the high number of pet-related businesses as key reasons the city is so pet-friendly.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Louisville
Louisville has a variety of places for you and your dog to enjoy the outdoors. According to the SmartAsset study referenced above, there are 1.3 dog parks for every 100,000 residents in the city. Among these are seven off-leash dog parks where your furry friends can roam and play. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Morton Avenue Dog Park, Club K9 Dog Bar, Iroquois Park, and Louisville Waterfront Park.
Louisville is also home to two scenic hiking trails; Louisville Riverwalk and Central Park. Both spots are great for going on an adventurous trek with your dog.
Life in Louisville with a dog
Louisville has over 180 pet-friendly restaurants, so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Molly Malones, Coals Artisan Pizza, Hammerheads, and The Comfy Cow.
The city has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet shops, spas, and groomers. Plus, there are over half a dozen dog-friendly shopping centers for you and your pooch to browse.
Every year in Louisville, there are numerous dog-centered events to celebrate our furry companions. For example, Dog Day at the Park, where you and your four-legged friends can enjoy a game at Louisville Slugger Field.
If you have friends or family visiting Louisville, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they and their dogs can stay. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include 21c Museum Hotel, the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, and Aloft Louisville.
Popular dog breeds in Louisville
Louisville is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Boxers, Poodles, and Goldens. So, no matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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