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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 Gilbert?

A study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Gilbert is ranked the 57th most pet-friendly location. The city is one of the best places to raise a healthy dog, ranking 12th overall for pet health and wellness.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Gilbert

Gilbert has plenty of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to run around in the warm Arizona sun. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 0.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Cosmo Dog Park, Dog Park at Crossroads Park, and Quail Run Dog Park. 


In Gilbert and the nearby area, you’ll find a healthy number of hiking trails for you to take a long scenic walk with your dog. A few great dog-friendly trails to explore are Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Papago Park, and Lost Dutchman State Park.

Life in Gilbert with a dog

Gilbert has over 50 pet-friendly restaurants so you’ll have a variety of options when you want to get a meal with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Joe’s Farm Grill, La Ristra, Liberty Market, Over Easy, and Flying Basset Brewing.


Gilbert has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, pet spas, daycares, and pet stores. The city is also home to a variety of dog-centered events each year where you can celebrate your furry friends.


When you have friends or family visiting Gilbert, they’ll find numerous pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. A few of the more popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are The Windemere Hotel, Home2Suites, and Tru by Hilton.

Popular dog breeds in Gilbert

Gilbert is home to a diverse range of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, Shih Tzus, Cavalier King  Charles Spaniels, Boxers, and Chihuahuas. So, whichever breed you choose to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its fellow canines across the city.

 

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