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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 Montana?

Montana is a great place for dogs, especially in the summer – with gorgeous outdoor space and plenty of room for adventure. 


The state ranks pretty consistently in the average range for overall pet-friendliness but has great strengths in animal welfare and dog-friendly attractions. 


We reviewed two significant studies that rank all 50 states by pet-friendly factors. The first, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Montana as the 34th most pet-friendly state. 


The second, by consumer safety review site Safewise, ranked Montana quite low at 45th.


The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. However, because of its harsh winters, and less access to pet services in rural areas, Montana took a hit. 


Combining these two studies together put Montana towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Montana

BringFido lists Montana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Glacier National Park and Norm Schoenthal Island as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Fifty-two percent of Montana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do Montanans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Montana are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Great outdoor pups! Other popular breeds include working dogs like Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Montana

Montana saved 16,140 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 444 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Eighteen out of 34 of the animal shelters within Montana are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 90%. This is equal to the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 
 

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