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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 Chicago?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Chicago is ranked as the 64th most pet-friendly city. Chicago’s strength lies in its health and wellness for pets, for which the city ranked 13th overall. The study also found Chicago to boast the 3rd highest number of animal shelters per capita. A similar study conducted by SmartAsset ranked Chicago as the 16th most pet-friendly of all US cities. 

Dog parks and activities 

As the nation’s third-largest city, there are plenty of parks for you and your dog to enjoy. According to the SmartAsset study mentioned above, the city has 1.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. There is a massive string of parks along the Lake Michigan shoreline with the Lakefront Trail, which runs for 18 miles connecting neighborhoods, beaches, and famous attractions like Navy Pier and Soldier Field.


Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Wiggly Field, Winnemac Park, and Jackson Bark by the Museum of Science and Industry.


There are two beaches in Chicago that allow you to bring your dog; Belmont Harbor Beach and Montrose Beach. Both beaches have areas dedicated solely to dogs, which your pup can use to roam and play off-leash. Each also has its own set of other amenities for dogs.

Life in Chi-Town with a dog

With over 570 dog-friendly restaurants, Chicago is one of the best places to grab a bite with your furry friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Chicago include O’Brien’s Riverwalk Cafe, Big Star, Cody’s Public House, and 312 Chicago.


Chicago offers plenty of other dog-friendly establishments, including groomers, spa services, and pet stores. Plus, there are 12 dog-friendly shopping centers in the city. The Chicago Transit Authority allows small pets in crates aboard the busses and train lines.

Popular breeds in Chicago

The Windy City is home to a diverse assortment of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds.

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