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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 Florida?

The Sunshine State has obvious benefits for dog-lovers and their doggie companions – including great weather, beaches, and parks. But you’ll find some differences across various cities, and a few areas where we’d like to see Florida to improve as a whole. 


Safewise and Pawsafe are trusted sources for tracking animal safety. So how to they rate Florida? Safewise ranked Florida as an outstanding fifth most pet-friendly state in the country. Unfortunately, Pawsafe doesn’t agree, ranking Florida at 39th. Room for improvement, but still a great place to enjoy with your pets.


With over 663 miles of shoreline, Florida offers plenty of pet-friendly beaches for you and your dog to enjoy together. Fort De Soto Park was ranked the most pet-friendly attraction in Florida by GoPetFriendly.


39.8% of Florida households own a dog, which is right around the national average for dog ownership by state. Florida has also enacted numerous animal welfare laws to protect pets. Pawsafe ranks Florida 10th in terms of the quality of its animal cruelty laws. The majority of these laws are related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. 


Florida’s best cities for pups

WalletHub released a list of the 100 best cities for our furry friends, and six of the country’s most pet-friendly cities are located in Florida! Tampa and Orlando took the lead in Florida’s cities, ranking second and third overall. 

Tampa

A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows that Tampa has the fifth-highest number of dog parks per capita, with four dog parks per 100,000 residents. The city also has the 18th-highest number of dog-friendly restaurants, with 238. And, 65 out of every 10,000 establishments is pet-related. The city ranks in the top 35 for walkability.


St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is also a great place for pets. SmartAsset ranks it as the seventh most pet-friendly city in the country. Like Tampa, the city ranks in the top 20 dog parks per capita, with 2.3 parks for every 100,000 residents. 


St. Petersburg also has the third most pet businesses per capita. The city has a high concentration of pet stores and veterinary offices, with more than 85 of every 10,000 establishments being for pets. This is the sixth-highest among all U.S. cities.


Fun Fact: Miami, Tampa, and Orlando are tied for the most veterinarians per capita. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Florida

Yes, we do see a few areas where the state can improve. Of the 283,942 dogs and cats that entered Florida shelters in 2020, only 82.65% were saved. The nationally recognized benchmark for a “no-kill” state is a 90% save rate. We hope Florida can keep working toward a higher save rate, and more happy puppies finding a forever home.

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