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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 Phoenix?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Phoenix is ranked as the 77th most pet-friendly city. The city is one of the best in the country when it comes to health and wellness for pets, ranking 19th in the country. The city is also ranked 40th for overall pet budget.
A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Phoenix as the 18th most pet-friendly city in the country. The study found Phoenix to have over 73 pet stores and vets per 10,000 establishments, one of the highest amounts in the country.
Dog parks in Phoenix
As a large city, there are plenty of dog parks in Phoenix, many of them allowing your pup to run off-leash. According to a study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Phoenix has 12 dog parks, approximately 0.7 parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Paradise Valley Dog Park, Rose Mofford Sports Complex, Steele Indian School, and Esteban Dog Park.
Life in Phoenix with a dog
With over 175 dog-friendly restaurants, Phoenix is a great city to grab a bite with your furry friends. Some of Phoenix's most popular pet-friendly restaurants include OHSO Brewery Paradise Valley, FEZ, Aunt Chilada’s, and Keegan’s.
Phoenix is home to many other dog-friendly businesses, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores, as well as 11 dog-friendly shopping centers.
If you have family or friends visiting Phoenix, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels so their companions won’t need to stay behind. Many of these hotels won’t even charge for bringing your pet along. A few of the best dog-friendly hotels in Phoenix are Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix Cityscape, Sheraton Crescent Hotel, and FOUND:RE Phoenix.
Popular breeds in Phoenix
Arizona is home to a wide variety of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Shih Tzus, Cavalier Kings, Rottweilers, and Boxers.
In Phoenix, the most popular breeds are similar. They include Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Boxers, Dachshunds, Poodles, and Shih Tzus.
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