Shetland Sheepdog Puppies for Sale in Raleigh, NC
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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 Raleigh?
A recent WalletHub study reviewed the 100 largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Raleigh is ranked the 29th most pet-friendly. The city is one of the most affordable places for owning a pet, ranking 21st in the country for pet budget.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Raleigh
Raleigh has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get his daily dose of exercise. According to a study from Trust For Public Land, there are 1.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Oakwood Dog Park, Dix Park, Buffaloe Road Dog Park, and Carolina Pines Community Dog Park.
Raleigh also has eight hiking trails for when you want to take a scenic walk with your dog. A few spots worth exploring with your furry friend include Sal’s Branch Trail, Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve, Sal’s Branch Trail, and Inspiration Trail.
Life in Raleigh with a dog
There are over 200 pet-friendly restaurants in Raleigh, meaning there’s always somewhere to grab a meal with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Whiskey Kitchen, The Flying Biscuit Cafe, Trophy Brewing and Pizza, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and Neuse River Brewing Company.
Raleigh has plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including pet shops, daycares, groomers, and spas. The city is also one of the best in the country for renters looking for a place to live with their pets. A Zumper study found Raleigh to have the 14th most pet-friendly rental listings.
If you have friends or family visiting Raleigh, there are numerous pet-friendly hotels for them to stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Aloft Raleigh, MainStay Suites, and Hyatt House.
Popular dog breeds in Raleigh
Raleigh is home to many different kinds of dogs. The most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Poodles. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your new pup will have many other canine companions across the city.
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