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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 Utah?
Utah has some definite areas for improvement for pets. Let’s dig into the numbers and find out Utah’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to dog-friendly living.
Animal advocacy group Pawsafe conducted a study ranking each state by its pet-friendliness. The study evaluated states according to several important factors like animal cruelty laws and regulations, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In their study, Utah ranked as the 37th most pet-friendly state. Unfortunately, the state did not score well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. Definitely room for improvement.
Safewise is a national safety review site. Their study on animal safety also ranked states. In their study, Utah is ranked as the 35th most pet-friendly state. Combining these two studies puts Utah somewhere towards the middle to the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Utah
Here’s an upside: BringFido lists Utah as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Millcreek Canyon and Memory Grove as popular dog-friendly attractions within Salt Lake City.
Thirty-six percent of Utah residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, though not by much.
What kinds of dogs do Utahans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Utah are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Collies, and French Bulldogs.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Utah
Utah saved 39,358 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 4740 animals were killed over this same period.
Forty-two out of 62 of the animal shelters within Utah are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is relatively high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 88%. However, this is just short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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