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Kim O.

10/31/2022

Shetland Sheepdog

My puppy is healthy and smart. She’s adorable. I’ve had her for a month now, no problems. I gave 4 stars because customer service is very hard to contact and the app crashes frequently.

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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 Minneapolis?

A recent SmartAsset study analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Minneapolis is ranked as the 14th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly locations in the country due to its high number of dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, and shopping centers.

A similar study from WalletHub ranked Minneapolis as the 28th pet-friendly. The city is a great location for outdoor pet-friendliness and pet health and wellness, ranking 25th overall for both categories. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Minneapolis

Minneapolis has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to get their daily dose of exercise. According to the study from SmartAsset, there are over 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Loring Park, Victory Prairie Dog Park, Lake of the Isles Dog Park, Franklin Terrace Dog Park, and Sochacki Dog Park.

In Minneapolis, you’ll find several great hiking trails for when you want to take a scenic walk with your dog. A few spots worth exploring with your furry friend are Mill Ruins Park, Bde Maka Ska, Minnehaha Park, Luce Line State Trail, and Nicollet Island Park.

Life in Minneapolis with a dog

Minneapolis has over 190 dog-friendly restaurants, so you’ll have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite with your pup. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Brasa, Red Rabbit Minneapolis, Aster Cafe, Carma Coffee, and Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge.

Minneapolis has plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, and groomers. The city has the 4th lowest dog insurance premiums in the country, and there are four dog-friendly shopping centers for you to shop with your pooch. One great spot you can enjoy together is the Mill City Farmers Market. There you can find live music, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of vendors.

If your friends or family are visiting Minneapolis, there are dozens of pet-friendly hotels for them to stay in with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Hewing Hotel, Radisson RED, and Aloft Minneapolis.

Popular dog breeds in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is home to many different kinds of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Lab mixes, and Chihuahuas. But, no matter which breed you decide to bring into your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.

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