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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 Portland?
A recent SmartAsset study analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Portland is ranked as the 2nd most dog-friendly. The city is ranked so high because it has the highest number of dog parks per resident in the country. It also has the 3rd highest percentage of pet-related businesses and the 7th highest number of dog-friendly restaurants.
A similar study from Wallethub ranked Portland as the 19th most pet-friendly city. In the study, Portland ranked 2nd overall for outdoor pet-friendliness. The city also scored 21st for pet health and wellness.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Portland
Portland is one of the most pet-friendly cities, largely due to how much there is to do outdoors with your pets. The previously mentioned SmartAsset study found the city to have 5.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents, by far the most in the country.
Among these are over 30 off-leash dog parks where your furry friends can roam and play. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Hillsdale Park, Council Crest Park, Sellwood Riverfront Park, Luuwit View Dog Park, and Woodstock City Park.
Dog parks aren’t the only way to enjoy the outdoors with your dog in Portland. There are also over ten scenic hiking trails for you to go on a trek with your four-legged friend. Some of the trails worth exploring include Forest Park, Powell Butte Nature Park, Warrior Rock Trail, and Wildwood Trail.
Life in Portland with a dog
With over 400 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in Portland are Tin Shed Garden Cafe, Por Que No?, Breakside Brewery, Java Hound Coffee Bar, and Radio Room.
If you have friends or family visiting Rose City, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they and their dogs can stay. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in Portland are Ace Hotel Portland, The Mark Spencer Hotel, The Dossier Hotel, and McMenamins Kennedy School.
Popular dog breeds in Portland
Portland is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are: Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles, Bulldogs, Beagles, Rottweilers, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Dachshunds.
No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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