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Kim O.

10/31/2022

Shetland Sheepdog

My puppy is healthy and smart. She’s adorable. I’ve had her for a month now, no problems. I gave 4 stars because customer service is very hard to contact and the app crashes frequently.

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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 Sacramento?

A recent SmartAsset study analyzed some of the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Sacramento is ranked the 12th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly places in the country because of its high number of dog parks per resident and the low amount of rainy days each year. 


A similar study from WalletHub ranked Sacramento as the 25th most pet-friendly city in the country. The city is one of the best for both health and wellness and outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 14th and 17th overall in these areas.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Sacramento

Sacramento has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for you to enjoy with your dog. According to the previously mentioned SmartAsset study, there are 3.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents, one of the highest numbers in the country. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Glenbrook Dog Park, Power Inn Dog Park, Tanzanite Community Dog Park, and Truitt Bark Park.  


The city also has several scenic hiking trails for when you want to go on a trek with your four-legged friend. A few great spots worth exploring with your dog are the River Parkway Trail, Northern Bike Trail, and Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail.

Life in Sacramento with a dog

There are over 130 pet-friendly restaurants in Sacramento, so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to grab something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include The Shack, The Waterboy, Capitol Garage, The Waffle Experience, and Cafeteria 15L. 


Sacramento has many other dog-friendly businesses, including pet shops, daycares, and groomers. The city is also a convenient place when it comes time to find a home for you and your pet. A recent Zumper study ranked Sacramento 53rd in the nation for pet-friendly rentals.


If your friends ever come to Sacramento for a visit, they too will find plenty of spots to stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular pet-friendly hotels in the city include Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, The Citizen Hotel, and Lions Gate Hotel.

Popular dog breeds in Sacramento

Sacramento is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The city’s most popular breeds are Chihuahuas, Labrador Retrievers, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Shih Tzus, 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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