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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.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Accommodating

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 Tacoma?

A study by Wallethub reviewed some of the largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Tacoma is regarded as a great place for pet health and wellness. The city is also considered an affordable location to own a dog.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Tacoma

Tacoma has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to stretch its legs and get some exercise. A few of the most popular dog parks in the city include Point Defiance Park, Wapato Lake Park, Wright Park, Rogers Dog Park, and Chambers Bay Off-Leash Park & Beach.


Tacoma also has several great hiking trails where you can go on a nice long walk with your dog. Browns Point Lighthouse, Jack Hyde Park, Minitti Field, and Old Town Park are a few great spots to explore.

Life in Tacoma with a dog

Tacoma has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants so you’ll always of plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat with your pet. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Hank’s Bar and Pizza, The Forum Tacoma, Harmon Pub & Brewery, Pint and Pie Public House, and Top of Tacoma. 


Tacoma has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions throughout the year.


If you have friends or family visiting Tacoma, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Hotel Murano, Hotel Thea Tacoma, and Extended Stay America.  

Popular dog breeds in Tacoma

Tacoma is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Poodles, Rottweilers, Bulldogs, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its canine peers throughout the city.

 

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