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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 Francisco?
WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, San Francisco is ranked as the 59th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best when it comes to outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 2nd among all major cities. San Francisco is also well above average for pet health and wellness, being ranked 29th overall.
A similar study by SmartAsset ranked San Francisco as the 8th most pet-friendly city in the country. They say that the city’s high walkability score and frequent sunny skies make it a great place to have a dog.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in San Francisco
With 4.2 parks per 100,000 residents, San Francisco has one of the highest concentrations of dog parks in the country. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Golden Gate Park, Fort Mason Center, McLaren Park, and Mountain Lake Park.
In San Francisco, there are several dog-friendly beaches to help you make the most of the California sun. Some of the most popular beaches include Crissy Field Beach, Fort Funston Beach, and Ocean Beach.
The city also has plenty of hiking trails for your dog to explore. A few great places to hike with your dog include Grandview Park, Lands End Trail, and Barbary Coast Trail.
Life in San Francisco with a dog
There are over 200 dog-friendly restaurants in San Francisco, so you and your furry friend will always have a spot to grab something to eat. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Plouf, Bi-Rite Creamery, El Metate, Piccino, SoMa StrEat Food Park, and Nob Hill Cafe.
There are many other dog-friendly businesses in San Francisco, including pets stores, groomers, and spas. The city also has five shopping centers where your dog can join you.
If your friends or family are in town, there are over 100 dog-friendly hotels for them and their dogs to stay in. A good number of these hotels don’t charge extra service fees for pets. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in San Francisco include Laurel Inn, Beacons Grand, Kimpton Buchanan, and the Phoenix Hotel.
Popular dog breeds in San Francisco
San Francisco is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Poodles.
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