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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 Nebraska?
While some studies are inconsistent, Nebraska generally ranks very well for pet-friendliness. It’s a great place to own a dog and has some great laws protecting animals.
We use two primary studies to track a state’s friendliness for pets. One ranks Nebraska in the top ten, and the other in the top 25.
The first study comes from an animal advocacy group, Pawsafe. They ranked Nebraska 9th compared to all 50 states, according to factors like pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, and more. The state also scored well in its report for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The second study comes from the safety review site Safewise. They ranked Nebraska as the 23rd most pet-friendly state in the country. Still in the top half, but not quite top ten.
However, if we combine the two studies, Nebraska still ranks at the front of the list!
Are cities in Nebraska pet-friendly?
To track the best cities, the review site Wallethub ranked the top 100 biggest cities in the U.S. for pet-friendly factors. Here’s how Nebraska stacked up.
Omaha is Nebraska’s largest city, with a population of nearly half a million. Wallethub ranked Omaha as 24th of the largest 100 cities. Pretty great!
A couple of the most popular dog-friendly destinations in Omaha are the Big Papio Trail and the Keystone Trail.
The city survey ranked Lincoln as 21st overall, coming in 4th for pet budget, 67th for pet health and wellness, and 69th for outdoor pet-friendliness. Lincoln also made it onto a list from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) that puts together the best cities for dog parks. Lincoln ranked 34th out of the top 100 cities, with 1.4 dog parks per 100,000 people.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Nebraska
BringFido lists Nebraska as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Nebraska also loves dogs! Forty-seven percent of Nebraska residents own a dog, which is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Nebraskans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Nebraska are Labradors, Beagles, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and German Shepherds.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Nebraska
Nebraska saved 24,545 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 2,378 animals were killed over this same period.
Fourteen out of 52 of the animal shelters within Nebraska are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has an average save rate of 82%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Just a little bit of improvement will help push Nebraska into the right zone.
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