Shih Tzu Puppies for Sale in Nebraska, NE
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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 Nebraska?
While some studies are inconsistent, Nebraska generally ranks very well for pet-friendliness. It’s a great place to own a dog and has some great laws protecting animals.
We use two primary studies to track a state’s friendliness for pets. One ranks Nebraska in the top ten, and the other in the top 25.
The first study comes from an animal advocacy group, Pawsafe. They ranked Nebraska 9th compared to all 50 states, according to factors like pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, and more. The state also scored well in its report for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The second study comes from the safety review site Safewise. They ranked Nebraska as the 23rd most pet-friendly state in the country. Still in the top half, but not quite top ten.
However, if we combine the two studies, Nebraska still ranks at the front of the list!
Are cities in Nebraska pet-friendly?
To track the best cities, the review site Wallethub ranked the top 100 biggest cities in the U.S. for pet-friendly factors. Here’s how Nebraska stacked up.
Omaha is Nebraska’s largest city, with a population of nearly half a million. Wallethub ranked Omaha as 24th of the largest 100 cities. Pretty great!
A couple of the most popular dog-friendly destinations in Omaha are the Big Papio Trail and the Keystone Trail.
The city survey ranked Lincoln as 21st overall, coming in 4th for pet budget, 67th for pet health and wellness, and 69th for outdoor pet-friendliness. Lincoln also made it onto a list from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) that puts together the best cities for dog parks. Lincoln ranked 34th out of the top 100 cities, with 1.4 dog parks per 100,000 people.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Nebraska
BringFido lists Nebraska as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.
Nebraska also loves dogs! Forty-seven percent of Nebraska residents own a dog, which is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Nebraskans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Nebraska are Labradors, Beagles, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and German Shepherds.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Nebraska
Nebraska saved 24,545 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 2,378 animals were killed over this same period.
Fourteen out of 52 of the animal shelters within Nebraska are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has an average save rate of 82%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Just a little bit of improvement will help push Nebraska into the right zone.
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