Shetland Sheepdog Puppies for Sale in Surprise, AZ
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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 Surprise?
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, Surprise is ranked the 35th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of pet dog-friendly rentals and a B+ for its cost of dog insurance.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Surprise
Surprise and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and stretch its legs. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Community Park Dog Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park, Roscoe Dog Park, and Parkridge Park.
Surprise and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Trilby Trailhead, Sun Valley Trailhead, and Sierra Montana Park.
Life in Surprise with a dog
Surprise has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bit to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area are Culver’s, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Jim’s Burgers & Eggs, and Great Eagle Bar & Grill.
Surprise has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Surprise, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are Hampton Inn Suites, The Windmill Suites, and Residence Inn.
Popular dog breeds in Surprise
Surprise is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Shih Tzus, Pitbulls, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Goldendoodles. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.
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