Shetland Sheepdog Puppies for Sale in New Hampshire, NH
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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 New Hampshire?
Different studies rank New Hampshire quite differently. Depending on what part of the state you live in, you may have different levels of access to pet services, accommodations, etc.
In a study by Pawsafe, New Hampshire ranked incredibly well as the 5th most pet-friendly state. They scored New Hampshire particularly well for their animal welfare laws, like harsh penalties for abuse and neglect, and high pet care standards.
Another study by the animal safety site Safewise didn’t give such shining reviews, though. In their study, New Hampshire ranks as the 40th most pet-friendly state.
Though the two studies produced wildly different results, if we combine the two scores New Hampshire ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states. Not the best, but not the worst!
A few more facts for dog-lovers in New Hampshire
BringFido lists New Hampshire as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1300 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln and Bass Beach in Rye as popular dog-friendly attractions.
Twenty-four percent of New Hampshire residents own a dog, which is pretty far below the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in New Hampshire are Labradors, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Huskies, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in New Hampshire
New Hampshire saved 7,940 dogs and cats during 2020 and all of the animal shelters within New Hampshire are no-kill shelters! The percentage of no-kill shelters is perfect, making New Hampshire a no-kill state.
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