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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 Vermont?

Vermont is one of the most pet-friendly states in the country! The state has strong animal welfare laws, excellent outdoor activities, and great access to pet services. 


We evaluated two separate studies comparing all 50 states by several of these factors. They surveyed animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, dog parks, hiking trails, and veterinarian services. 


The first study, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Vermont at a stellar 6th in the nation. The second, from Safewise, gave Vermont 7th. The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Vermont is clearly a great place for dog people!

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Vermont

BringFido lists Vermont as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Dog Mountain and the Gondola SkyRide as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Twenty-eight percent of Vermont residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do Vermonters love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Vermont are Labradors, Retrievers, and Beagles. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Chow Chows, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Vermont

Vermont saved 5,049 dogs and cats during 2020. Fifty-three animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Twelve out of 13 of the animal shelters within Vermont are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is very high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 91%. This is above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state!

 
 

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