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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 Nashville?
A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Nashville is ranked as the 34th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the most affordable cities for owning a pet, ranking 11th overall for pets budget.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Nashville
Nashville has numerous pet-friendly places where you can enjoy the outdoors with your dog. According to a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study, there are 1.2 dog parks for every 100,000 residents. Over ten of these are off-leash parks where your dog can roam without constraint. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are Centennial Dog Park, Riverfront Dog park, Two Rivers Dog Park.
In Nashville, you’ll find over half a dozen great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to check out include the Trail at Fontanel, Warner Parks, Stones River Greenway, and Richland Creek Greenway.
Life in Nashville with a dog
Nashville has over 200 pet-friendly restaurants, so you and your furry friends will always have somewhere to enjoy a meal together. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Tennessee Brew Works, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Peg Leg Porker, The Southern, and The Stage on Broadway.
Nashville has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and over ten dog-friendly shopping centers. Plus, every year, there are a variety of local events celebrating dogs and their owners. For instance, the Dog Day festival where your four-legged friends can participate in activities such as costume contests, pet portraits, and demonstrations.
If you have friends or family visiting Nashville, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Thompson Nashville, Hotel Preston, The Hayes Street Hotel, and the Hutton Hotel.
Popular dog breeds in Nashville
Nashville is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Beagles, Poodles, Rottweilers, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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