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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 South Carolina?
South Carolina is a great place to own a dog! If you’re looking to adopt a fuzzy companion in South Carolina, you should be excited about all the amazing trails and outdoor adventures available to you and your pup.
Pawsafe, a trusted animal safety evaluator, conducted a study to rank each state according to its pet-friendliness. They ranked South Carolina as the 8th most pet-friendly state in the country!
The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails. Three hundred ninety-three of the state’s 608 trails are dog-friendly (66.6%), which puts South Carolina at 11th overall. The study ranked South Carolina 4th in terms of pet-friendly restaurants. Three hundred sixty-six of the state’s 8,466 restaurants will welcome your dog.
Pawsafe also ranked South Carolina 5th for animal cruelty laws. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
A few more facts for dog lovers in South Carolina
Forty-five percent of South Carolina residents own a dog. This is one of the highest ownership rates in the country and well above the 40% national average.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles. The most popular dog breeds in Charleston are English Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Labradoodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The state dog of South Carolina is the Boykin spaniel.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Carolina
South Carolina saved 83,447 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,005 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 60 animal shelters, only 27 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 83%. The state has some work to get to the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state. We hope to see South Carolina improve on this number in the coming years!
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