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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 Modesto?

A study by Wallethub reviewed some of the largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Modesto is regarded as a great place for pet health and wellness. The city is also considered an affordable location to own a dog.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Modesto

Modesto has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and soak up the California sun. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Elk Park, Lathrop Dog Park, Caswell Memorial State Park, and Manteca Dog Park. 


In Modesto, you’ll also find several great hiking trails where you can go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Dry Creek Trail, Modesto Virginia Corridor, and McConnell State Recreation Area.

Life in Modesto with a dog

Modesto has plenty of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab something to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Harvest Moon, Yogurt Mill, Chefs of New York, P Wexford’s Pub, and Twisted Pig Bar & Grill.


Modesto has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions throughout the year. 


If you have friends or family visiting Modesto, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Microtel Inn & Suites, Days Inn, and SpringHill Suites. 

Popular dog breeds in Modesto

Modesto is home to a diverse mix of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include German Shepherds, Border Collies, Pit Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, and Labs. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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