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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 Philadelphia?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Philadelphia is ranked as the 77th most pet-friendly city. The city is above average for pet health and wellness, ranking 37th out of the largest cities.

Dog parks in Philadelphia

As one of the nation’s largest cities, there are over a dozen dog parks in Philadelphia, many of them allowing your pup to run off-leash. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Mario Lanza Dog Park, Schuykill River, Pretzel Dog Run, and Orianna Hill Dog Park.

Life in Philly with a dog

With over 235 dog-friendly restaurants, Philadelphia is a great city to grab a meal with your furry friends. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Philadelphia are Gold Standard Cafe, Sabrina’s Cafe, the Druid’s Keep, and White Dog Cafe.


Philadelphia is home to many other dog-friendly businesses, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. For instance, if you head down South Street District by 2nd Ave, you’ll come across several pet shops, including Doggie Style and Bonejour Pet Supply.


If you have family or friends headed to Philly for a visit, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels so their dogs won’t need to stay behind. Many of them won’t even charge you for bringing your pet along. A few of the best dog-friendly hotels in Philadelphia include the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Westin Philadelphia, and Aloft Philadelphia Airport.

Popular breeds in Philadelphia

Houston is home to a wide variety of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and German Shepherds.

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