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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 North Carolina?

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in North Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in North Carolina 

North Carolina has some room to grow in terms of animal welfare. The state saved 142,235 dogs and cats during 2020. However, approximately 27,031 animals were killed in the past year. Out of 132 animal shelters, only 41 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 76%, one of the lowest in the country. We hope to see North Carolina improve this in the coming years!

North Carolina is a wonderful state for dogs and their owers – especially if you enjoy taking your four-legged friend on hikes and adventures. 


Pawsafe, a trusted pet safety review site, evaluated all 50 states according to several key factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


In the study, they ranked North Carolina as the 38th most pet-friendly state. The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails, too. Of the state’s 2,202 trails, 1,464 of the trails are dog-friendly (66.5%). This ranks 8th in the country!


Safewise conducted a similar study in which North Carolina was ranked as the 22nd most pet-friendly state. Solid scores across the board.

Are cities in North Carolina dog-friendly?

Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few in North Caroline stacked up.

Raleigh

Raleigh ranked as the 29th most pet-friendly city in the country. However, it ranked 60th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 21st for pet budget, and 35th for pet health and wellness.

Winston Salem

Winston Salem ranked as the 37th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 84th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 3rd for pet budget, and 88th for pet health and wellness. 

Greensboro, Durham, and Charlotte

Greensboro was ranked 54th, Durham was ranked 84th, and Charlotte was ranked 94th. 


The most popular dog breeds in Charlotte are Boxers, Miniature Schnauzer, Jack Russell Terriers, American Pit Bulls, Terriers, and Beagles.

How about city dog parks?

A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Durham is ranked 31st with 1.5 parks per 100,000 residents. Raleigh came in a little lower on the list at 45th, with 1.1 dog parks. Greensboro and Winston Salem have 1 and 0.8 parks, respectively.

A few more facts for dog lovers in North Carolina

Forty-one percent of North Carolina residents own a dog. This puts the state above the 40% national average.

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