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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 Richmond?

A study from Forbes reviewed some of the biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Richmond is ranked the 23rd most pet-friendly city in the country. The city stands out for its high number of dog parks and other pet-friendly establishments. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Richmond

Richmond has many dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and get its daily exercise. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Church Hill Dog Park, Northside Dog Park, Phideaux Field, Barker Field at Byrd Park, and Rockwood Park.


Richmond and the nearby area also have a variety of hiking trails for when you want to go on a long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Bryan Park and Chester Linear Park.

Life in Richmond with a dog

In Richmond, you’ll find dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Ipanema Cafe, Sine Irish Pub and Restaurant, Weezie’s Kitchen, and Lunch or Supper. 


Richmond has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. Plus, the city is one of the best locations for when you need to find a place to live with your dog. According to Zumper, Richmond has the most pet-friendly rental listings per capita. 


If your friends or family are visiting Richmond, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Graduate Richmond, The Jefferson Hotel, The Commonwealth, and Fairfield Inn and Suites.  

Popular dog breeds in Richmond

Richmond is home to a diverse of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Miniature Pinscher, Rottweilers, Beagles, and Boxers.  No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will have many of its peers throughout the city.

 

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