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Kim O.

10/31/2022

Shetland Sheepdog

My puppy is healthy and smart. She’s adorable. I’ve had her for a month now, no problems. I gave 4 stars because customer service is very hard to contact and the app crashes frequently.

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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 Tempe?

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, Tempe is ranked the 9th most pet-friendly city with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city received an A for its number of pet sitters and dog-friendly hotels. It also scored a B+ for dog-friendly rentals.  

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Tempe   

Tempe has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and enjoy the warm Arizona sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are The Barking Bodega, Tempe Sports Complex Dog Park, Papago Bark Park, and Mitchell Dog Park.    


In Tempe, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Hayden Butte Preserve, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and Shaw Butte Trail.   

Life in Tempe with a dog

Tempe has a healthy number of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Snakes & Lattes, Salut Kitchen Bar, Cornish Pasty Company, Kings Fish House, Devil’s Advocate, and Casey Moore’s Oyster House.  


Tempe has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, pet daycares, and pet stores. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If you ever have friends or family visiting Tempe, 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 Apache Inn, Tempe Mission Palms Resort, Drury Inn & Suites, and Graduate Tempe.        

Popular dog breeds in Tempe

Tempe is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Shih Tzus, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many canine companions throughout the city.

 

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