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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 Madison?

A study from SmartAsset analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which location is the most pet-friendly. In their study, Madison is ranked the 5th most dog-friendly city in the country. The city has the highest concentration of pet stores and vet offices, and it has the 4th highest number of dog parks per resident.


A similar study from WalletHub ranked Madison as the 26th most pet-friendly spot in the country. In the study, Madison ranked 30th for outdoor pet-friendliness and 38th for pet health and wellness. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Madison

Madison has tons of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy. According to SmartAsset, there are 4.2 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular parks in the city include the Boneyard, Quann Dog Park, Sycamore Dog Park, Capital Springs Recreation Area, and Warner Dog Park.


When you want to go on a long walk with your dog, the city also has several great dog-friendly trails. A few spots worth checking out are Capital City Trail and Southwest Bike Path.

Life in Madison with a dog

Madison has over 50 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Alchemy, Karben4, Green Owl, The Boathouse Restaurant, and Madison Sourdough.


Madison has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, pet stores, and daycares. The city is also one of the best places to live when it comes time to find a residence for you and your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Madison the 5th best city for pet-friendly rental listings.


If your family or friends are visiting Madison, they’ll find dozens of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Edgewater Madison, Graduate Madison, Baymont Inn & Suites, and Hotel Indigo.

Popular dog breeds in Madison

Madison is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Beagles, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, Siberian Huskies, and Boxers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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