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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 Grand Rapids?

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, Grand Rapids is ranked the 32nd most pet-friendly city with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city scored a B for the cost of the dog insurance and a B for dog-friendly hotels.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and get some exercise. A few of the most popular dog parks in the city are Hillcrest Dog Park, Covell Dog Park, and Cascade Hospital for Animals Dog Park.


In Grand Rapids, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Eastmanville Bayou, White Pine Trail State Park, Musketawa Trail, and Ripps Bayou.  

Life in Grand Rapids with a dog

Grand Rapids has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to grab something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Sundance Grill, Lucy’s, Elk Brewing, The Mitten Brewing Company, and Harmony Brewing Company. 


Grand Rapids has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. There are also a large number of pet sitters in the area. Plus, every year, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If your friends or family are in Grand Rapids for a visit, 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 are Morton Hotel, Staybridge Suites, Drury Inn & Suites, and Crowne Plaza.  

Popular dog breeds in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Beagles, French Bulldogs, Rottweilers, Poodles, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter what kind of dog you end up bringing into your home, your new pup will find many of its fellow dogs across the city.

 

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