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MICHAEL B.

11/05/2022

Shih Tzu

Great people to work with And lots of help along the way Opal is so cute and smart that she is learning to fit right into our family First two weeks were the hardest she could drive you insane we forgot how active a 14 week old can be and how fast they can pee and poop we would look at her and say it’s a good thing you’re cute and she is

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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 Los Angeles?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Los Angeles is ranked as the 73rd most pet-friendly city. With plenty of sunlight and plenty of outdoor activities, it’s not surprising that the city scored 6th for outdoor pet-friendliness. Los Angeles also boasts the 5th highest number of animal shelters per capita, and the city scores well for health and wellness, ranking 44th out of all cities.


Dog parks and activities 

As a large city, there are plenty of parks for you and your dog to enjoy. According to a study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Los Angeles has 13 dog parks, approximately 0.3 parks per 100,000 residents. Eight of the city’s dog parks are off-leash parks.


Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Laurel Canyon Dog Park in the hills of Mulholland, Lake Hollywood Park by the famous Hollywood sign, and Alice’s Dog Park in Pasadena.


While there are about 70 miles of coastline surrounding the LA area, there is only one off-leash beach in the city where dogs are allowed to roam. That said, there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in the areas outside of the city. Some of the most popular beach spots to take your pup include Granada Beach in the Belmont Shore Beach and Huntington Dog Beach, a little further south, in Orange County.


Life in LA with a dog

With 475 dog-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles, the city is one of the best places to grab a bite with your furry friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles include The Waffle, Fred 62, The Morrison, and the Alcove Cafe & Bakery.


LA offers plenty of groomers, spa services, pet stores, and other dog-friendly establishments. Leashed dogs are welcome across the city's many outdoor attractions and shopping malls. Los Angeles is also great when you need to get around the city via public transportation. The LA Metro allows small pets on the bus and rail line, provided they are in a crate.


Popular breeds in LA

Los Angeles is home to a diverse range of dogs. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Beagles.

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