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06/15/2022

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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 Houston?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Houston is ranked as the 36th most pet-friendly city. WalletHub notes that Houston is one of the most affordable cities for owning a dog. The city ranked 28th overall for pet budget.

Dog parks and activities 

As one of the nation’s largest cities, Houston is filled with plenty of dog parks. According to a study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Houston has 16 dog parks, approximately 0.7 parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Congressman Bill Archer Park, Millie Bush Bark Park, and Danny Jackson Family Dog Park.


Being close to the Gulf of Mexico, there are several opportunities to beat the Texas heat. Your dog will love splashing around in the refreshing water, so long as they keep their paws cool in the hot sand. Some of the best dog-friendly beaches in the Houston area include Seawall Urban Park Beach, Stewart Beach Park, and East Beach.


Houston also has a swimming club for dogs to enjoy. It’s called Rummy’s Beach Club. It offers a warm water pool along with a private park just for dogs.

Life in Houston with a dog

With over 510 dog-friendly restaurants, Houston is one of the best places to grab a meal with your K9 friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Houston include Porch Swing Pub, Barnaby’s Cafe, Backstreet Cafe, and the Buffalo Grille.


Houston offers plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. There are flexible options for getting your pup around the city as The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County allows small pets on the city’s public transportation.


One of the highlights of owning a dog in Houston is the annual dog day hosted by the Astros. During this game, you can bring your furry companion with you to Minute Maid Park. Just make sure to get your tickets early in case they sell out.

Popular breeds in Houston

Houston is home to a wide variety of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds.

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