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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.
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 Indiana?
Indiana ranks very well across multiple studies as a great place to own a pup! Indiana residents seem to love dogs, and a wide range of pet-friendly accommodations and travel options help boost the state, too.
Animal safety review sites Pawsafe and Safewise give Indiana great marks.
Pawsafe ranked Indiana as the 12th most pet-friendly state in a study that evaluated factors like dog-friendly parks, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and more. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise ranked Indiana 8th for pet-friendliness. Combining these two studies together puts Indiana towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.
Are cities in Indiana pet-friendly?
Another review site, Wallethub, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country and ranked them by pet-friendly factors. Here’s how a few Indiana cities stacked up.
In their study, Indianapolis was the 43rd most pet-friendly city. It ranked 96th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 14th for pet budget, and 47th for pet health and wellness.
There are a few other Indiana cities on the list. Fort Wayne is positioned 45th with the 100th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 1st for pet budget, and 65th for pet health and wellness.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Indiana
BringFido lists Indiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1100 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Forty-nine percent of Indiana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Indiana are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Indiana
Indiana saved 85,903 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,552 animals were killed over this same period. Thirty-one percent of the animal shelters within Indiana are no-kill shelters.
While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is moderately short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Overall, it seems Indiana is working hard to keep animals safe, and we hope to see continued progress.
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