Shetland Sheepdogs Puppies for Sale in Sunnyvale, CA
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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 Sunnyvale?
A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Sunnyvale is ranked the 33rd most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of pet sitters and a B for its number of pet-friendly hotels.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale and the nearby area have a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and soak up the California sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Las Palmas Dog Park, Seven Seas Park, Cuesta Park, and Newbark Dog Park.
Sunnyvale and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Sycamore Grove Regional Park, and Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve.
Life in Sunnyvale with a dog
Sunnyvale has a few dozen 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 Dishdash, Faultline Brewing Company, The Oxford, and Pezzella's Villa Napoli.
Sunnyvale has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. Plus, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Sunnyvale, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Radisson Hotel, Quality Inn, Aloft Sunnyvale, and Sonesta ES Suites.
Popular dog breeds in Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labradoodles, Poodles, Pomeranians, French Bulldogs, Maltese, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Chihuahuas. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.
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