Shetland Sheepdog Puppies for Sale in Pittsburgh, PA
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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 Pittsburgh?
A recent study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Pittsburgh is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly locations in the country because of its outdoor pet-friendliness and pet affordability. It ranks 20th and 22nd in these categories.
A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Pittsburgh as the 15th most pet-friendly city. They rank the city as one of the best places to have a pet because of the high number of dog parks and pet-friendly establishments.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get their daily dose of exercise and play. According to the SmartAsset study, there are 2.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. This is one of the highest numbers in the country. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Riding Meadow Park, Bernard Dog Run, Hartwood Acres County Dog Park, Point State Park, and White Oak Park.
Life in Pittsburgh with a dog
Pittsburgh has over 100 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants include Industry Public House, Redfin Blues, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle, and Mindful Brewing Company.
Pittsburgh has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and dog-friendly shopping centers. The city is also a favorable location when you want to find a place to live with your dog. A Zumper study ranked Lexington as the 38th best city in the country for pet-friendly rental listings.
When your friends and family are visiting Steel City, they too will have no trouble finding somewhere to stay with their dog as the city has dozens of pet-friendly hotels. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Omni William Penn Hotel, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, and The Oaklander Hotel.
Popular dog breeds in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and American Pit Bull Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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