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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 Michigan?
With its beautiful lakeside beaches and pet-friendly attractions, Michigan rates as quite a friendly state for our four-legged friends!
A study by animal safety site Pawsafe ranked Michigan as the 13th most pet-friendly state. Even better, the state ranked number three for dog-friendly attractions and activities. Pawsafe ranks states by evaluating the various dog parks, nature walks, local attractions, beaches, breweries, wineries, and shopping centers open to pets.
Safewise, another reputable site for animal safety, conducted a similar study in which Michigan was ranked as the 33rd most pet-friendly state. In the study, the state receives strong marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Both studies evaluated states for factors like availability of pet care and services, animal protection laws, and pet-friendly activities.
Is Detroit a dog-friendly city?
Detroit is the largest and most well-known city in Michigan – so how does the city stack up for dog lovers?
In a review of the 100 largest cities in the country, WalletHub found that Detroit was the 5th least pet-friendly city. It ranked 78th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 33rd for pet budget, and 98th for pet health and wellness. We also hate to say it but the city had the fourth-fewest pet businesses per capita.
In Detroit, the most popular breeds are German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Goldens, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, and Labs.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study ranked Detroit 52nd in terms of available dog parks, with 0.9 parks per 100,000 residents. There are six total dog parks in a city of over a half million people.
A few more pet-related facts about Michigan
Forty-two percent of Michigan residents own a dog. This puts the state above the 40% national average.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Michigan are Labradors, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds in the state include Siberian Huskies and Rottweilers. People in Michigan love the great outdoors and activities like camping, hunting, and fishing – and these dog breeds love it, too!
Overall, 62.4% of the state’s residents own a pet. Dogs are the dominant animal, with only 31% of homes owning a cat.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Michigan
Michigan saved 97,224 dogs and cats during 2020. They showed wonderful progress as this was 4,705 more animals than in 2019. Approximately 9,714 were killed in the past year. Out of 130 animal shelters, 95 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 84%. Michigan has a bit of work to reach the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state. We hope they make it soon!
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