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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 Durham?

A recent study from WalletHub analyzed some of the largest US cities to find the most pet-friendly. In the study, Durham is ranked the 84th most pet-friendly location in the country. The city is one of the most affordable places to have a dog as it scored 8th overall in the pet budget category.  

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Durham

Durham has tons of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 1.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. A few of the most popular dog parks are Northgate Dog Park, Piney Wood Dog Park, and Durham Dog Park.


In Durham, you’ll also find several great dog-friendly trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few of the best spots to explore are Eno River State Park, Eagles Spur Rail-Trail, Buckquarter Creek Trail, and American Tobacco Trail.

Life in Durham with a dog

Durham has over 50 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your pup will always have a variety of options when you want to get something to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Local 22, Fullsteam Brewery, Geer Street Garden, and Rookie’s.


Norfolk has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, pet stores, and doggy daycares. The city is also one of the best places to live when you need to find a residence for you and your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Durham the 7th best city for the number of pet-friendly rental listings.


If you have friends or family visiting Durham, they’ll have dozens of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include JB Duke Hotel, Unscripted Durham, Sonesta Select, and Aloft Durham.

Popular dog breeds in Durham

Durham is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Beagles, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you end up adding to your family, your new pup will find many canine peers throughout the city.

 

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