Shih Tzu Puppies for Sale in Maine, ME
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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 Maine?
The short answer is: Extremely dog-friendly! Maine consistently ranks in the top 10 for dog-friendly states, across several different studies. The top two studies come from ranking sites Pawsafe and Safewise.
Pawsafe’s study ranks all 50 states according to their overall safety and friendliness for pets. They rank the states according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In Pawsafe study, Maine ranks as the 2nd most pet-friendly state! The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise ran a similar study that ranks Maine as the 10th most pet-friendly state. Averaging these two studies together puts Maine close to the very front of the pack of pet-friendly states.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Maine
BringFido lists Maine as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 2800 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Acadia National Park and Willard Beach as popular dog-friendly attractions.
Thirty-six percent of Maine residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Maine are Labradors, Beagles, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Collies, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Maine
Maine saved 16,389 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 199 animals were killed over this same period.
Twenty-six out of 30 of the animal shelters within Maine are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 92%. This is above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Great work, Maine!
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