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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 San Antonio?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, San Antonio is ranked as the 71st most pet-friendly city. The city scores well for affordability, ranking 55th in terms of pet budget.
Dog parks and activities in San Antonio
As a big city, there are plenty of dog parks in San Antonio. According to a study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), San Antonio has about 0.9 parks per 100,000 residents.
The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department offers 16 off-leash parks for your dog to roam freely. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Eisenhower Park, Madison Square Dog Park, Tom Slick Dog Park, and Phil Hardberger Dog Park.
San Antonio also has plenty of hiking trails for you and your dog to explore. Some fun hiking spots are Friedrich Wilderness Park and Lytle's Loop Trail.
Life in San Antonio with a dog
With over 319 dog-friendly restaurants, San Antonio has plenty of places to grab a bite with your furry friends. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Blanco BBQ, The Patio Southtown, Twin Peaks Restaurant, and Snooze an A.M. Eatery.
San Antonio is home to many other dog-friendly businesses, including groomers, daycares, pet stores, and the Market Square outdoor downtown shopping area.
If you have friends or family headed to San Antonio, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels so their companions can come along for the trip. Many of these hotels won’t even charge for bringing your pet along. A few of the best dog-friendly hotels in San Antonio include the Fairmount Hotel, Hotel Gibbs Downtown Riverwalk, and Aloft San Antonio Airport.
In San Antonio, you also have opportunities to catch a game with your dog. Several times a year, the San Antonio Rampage hosts Pucks And Paws, where dogs are allowed. Plus, every year the Stars basketball team hosts Hoops and Hounds.
Popular breeds in San Antonio
Houston is home to a wide variety of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Miniature Schnauzers, Australian Cattle Dogs, Boxers, Dachshunds, and Border Collies.
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