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Ernestine B.

06/25/2022

Shih Tzu

This is Ernestine, I received my puppy, Smokey, in good condition. He was delivered to my front door June 4, I was very happy to see him. Smokey was in good shape, flight and driver was great! I was completely satisfied with all arrangements.

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Shih Tzu Characteristics

Shih Tzus are spunky little charmers with giant eyes and perky tails. They were originally bred as companions for Chinese Royalty! As royal pets, they’re playful and lively. And let’s not forget the affection – Shih Tzus often follow their owners around to keep good company. Shih Tzus are small and fluffy, and ideal for naps on laps. They’re great for even apartment living as they’re small and don’t need too much space for exercise.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Determined

Shih Tzus are a toy dog breed originating from Tibet. The name means “little lion,” and while they sure have big personalities, Shih Tzus are lovers more than a fighters. 

They have a long, silky coat that can come in a variety of colors including brown, liver, gold, yellow, black, blue, and white.

Shih Tzus relish constant attention, and they won’t go ignored for too long. They were bred as a companion dog, and they love nothing more than meeting new friends.

Shih Tzus may bark when meeting new humans for the first time but will quickly become close companions with everyone they meet. They are especially loving around children when properly trained. 

An unfortunate little secret is that Shih Tzus have the habit of eating their own stool. You’ll want to be sure to pick up their poop right away to avoid this unwanted behavior!

Shih Tzus have beautiful coats and are a little high maintenance on the beauty front – but it’s all worth it! Along with regular brushing, you’ll need to trim their nails and check for the occasional hair growing in the ear canal. You’ll also need to regularly clean your Shih Tzu’s face as it can quickly get messy from eating.

As a smaller breed, Shih Tzus only grow to weigh between 9 and 16 pounds and 9 to 11 inches in height. They are typically quite healthy and enjoy an average lifespan of 10 to 18 years.

How dog-friendly is Boston?

A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Boston is ranked as the 67th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best for outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 35th in the country.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Boston

Boston has numerous pet-friendly places for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. According to a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study, there are 1.8 parks for every 100,000 residents. Over 15 of these are off-leash parks where your dog can roam without constraint. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are North End Dog Park, Boston Common, Belle Isle Marsh, Channel Center Dog Park, and Paul Revere Dog Park.


In Boston, you’ll find a number of great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Boston Public Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, The Esplanade, and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.


The city is also home to several water activities you and your dog can enjoy. Boston Harbor Cruises welcomes dogs on their cruises and ferries, and Paddle Boston rents kayaks and paddleboards for your four-legged friends.

Life in Boston with a dog

With over 136 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have somewhere to grab a meal in Boston. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Toro, Joe’s American Bar and Grill, Thorntons Fenway Bar and Grille, and The Frogmore Lowcountry Kitchen and Bar.


Boston has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and almost a dozen dog-friendly shopping centers. At the SoWa Open Market street festival, you and your dog can enjoy hundreds of the artisans and vendors and some of the best food and art New England has to offer.


If you have friends or family visiting Boston, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Colonnade Hotel, The Eliot Hotel, Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston, and Copley House.

Popular dog breeds in Boston

Boston is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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