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MICHAEL B.

11/05/2022

Shih Tzu

Great people to work with And lots of help along the way Opal is so cute and smart that she is learning to fit right into our family First two weeks were the hardest she could drive you insane we forgot how active a 14 week old can be and how fast they can pee and poop we would look at her and say it’s a good thing you’re cute and she is

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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 Des Moines?

A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest reviewed some of the largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Des Moines is the 29th most dog-friendly city, with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city is one of the most affordable places to live with a dog, receiving an A for the cost of dog insurance per month.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Des Moines

Des Moines has many dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and get its daily exercise. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 1.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. Some of the most popular dog parks in Des Moines include Raccoon River Dog Park, Ankeny Dog Park, and Rover’s Ranch.


In Des Moines, you’ll also find several great hiking trails where you can go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Gray’s Lake Park, Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens, Clive Greenbelt Trail, and Des Moines Trail.

Life in Des Moines with a dog

Des Moines has plenty of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab something to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Proof Restaurant, Lua Brewing, and St. Kilda.  


Des Moines has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, the city is a great location when it comes time to find a place to live with your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Des Moines as the 43rd best city for pet-friendly rentals.


If you have friends or family visiting Des Moines, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Surety Hotel, Ramada Tropics Resort, and Residence Inn. 

Popular dog breeds in Des Moines

Des Moines is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Bulldogs, English Springer Spaniels, Havanese, Golden Retrievers, West Highland Terriers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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