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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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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 Oklahoma?

We have a few different studies to rank Oklahoma, and overall it’s a pretty great place to own a pet! 


Two major studies ranked all 50 states by several factors related to pet-friendliness. They evaluated indicators like access to pet services and veterinary care, animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, outdoor space, and dog parks. 


The first study, by an animal safety group called Pawsafe, ranked Oklahoma quite well as the 16th most pet-friendly state in the country. The state scored well with Pawsafe for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Another broad study, conducted by a consumer safety review site called Safewise, didn’t rank the state quite as well. Oklahoma came in 33rd most pet-friendly state in the country according to Safewise. 


However, if we take the two studies together, Oklahoma is good to average in the pet-friendliness category.

Are cities in Oklahoma pet-friendly?

We also considered a study from Wallethub that surveyed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how Oklahoma’s largest city stacked up.

Tulsa

Tulsa ranked 27th overall, scoring 15th in pet budget, 58th in pet health and wellness, and 50th in outdoor pet-friendliness.


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study also reviewed the country’s 100 largest cities. They ranked all 100 by which have the most dog parks per capita. Tulsa ranked in 78th place, with 0.5 dog parks per 100,000 people.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Oklahoma

BringFido lists Oklahoma as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Admiral Twin Drive-In as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Forty-eight percent of Oklahoma residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%! 


What kinds of dogs do Oklahomans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Oklahoma are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Oklahoma

Oklahoma saved 69,545 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 11,560 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Forty-six out of 116 of the animal shelters within Oklahoma are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has a below-average save rate of 77%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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