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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 Ohio?
Ohio ranks pretty well for pet safety, happiness, and especially for pet-friendly accommodations. The state loves dogs and ranks pretty well in terms of animal safety and no-kill shelters.
A study conducted by trusted review site Pawsafe ranked Ohio as the 29 most pet-friendly state. Pawsafe ranks the state 9th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
Safewise conducted their own research in which they reached a similar conclusion. In their study, Ohio is ranked 30th for pet-friendliness.
Are cities in Ohio pet-friendly?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few cities in Ohio stacked up.
In their study, Cincinnati was the 8th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 38th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 19th for pet budget, and 20th for pet health and wellness. Furthermore, the city had the most veterinarians per capita. It also has the 5th most pet businesses per capita.
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, Cincinnati is ranked 35th with 1.3 parks per 100,000 residents. There are four total dog parks in the city.
Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo
There are a few other Ohio cities on the list. Columbus is positioned 40th with the 5th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 2nd for pet budget, and 95th for pet health and wellness. The city was also noted to have the third-lowest veterinary costs.
Additionally, Cleveland and Toldeo were ranked 63rd and 66th, respectively.
Toledo, Columbus, and Cleveland have 0.7, 0.7, and 0.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents respectively.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Ohio
Thirty-seven percent of Ohio residents own a dog. This is close to the national do ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Ohio are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Ohio
Ohio saved 105,449 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,836 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 157 animal shelters, 83 are no-kill shelters. While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is just shy of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Let’s keep going, Ohio!
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