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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 Irvine?

A study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Irvine is ranked the 38th most pet-friendly location. The city is one of the best places to raise a healthy dog as it ranked 8th overall for pet health and wellness. Irvine is also ranked the 5th best city for outdoor pet-friendliness.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Irvine

Irvine has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to stretch its legs and enjoy the warm California sun. Some of the most popular parks in the city and the surrounding area are Central Bark Dog Park, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, and Dairyland Dog Park.


In Irvine, you’ll also find nine pet-friendly hiking trails for you and your dog to take long walks together. A few great spots to explore are Shady Canyon Trail, Hicks Canyon Trail, Peters Canyon Trail, and Turtle Rock Trail.

Life in Irvine with a dog

Irvine has over 70 pet-friendly restaurants meaning you and your furry friends will have a variety of options when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Dose In The Box, Urban Plates, and Corner Bakery Cafe.


Irvine has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, pet stores, and daycares. In the city, you’ll also find several pet-friendly shopping centers. One great place to check out is the Irvine Spectrum Center, where you and your dog can enjoy the indoor and outdoor shopping areas.


When you have friends or family visiting Irvine, they’ll 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 AC Hotel, Sonesta Irvine, Embassy Suites, and Hyatt House Irvine.

Popular dog breeds in Irvine

Irvine is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Cockapoos, Goldendoodles, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, and Bernese Mountain Dogs. No matter which kind of dog you decide to add to your family, your new pup will have many canine companions across the city.

 

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