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06/15/2022

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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 New York City?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, New York City is the 90th most pet-friendly city. The city’s strength is outdoor pet-friendliness, where it ranked 16th overall.


However, the city does not fair as well for pet health and wellness, with a rank of 71st. Plus, New York City is one of the most expensive cities for pets, ranking 95th in terms of pet budget. The city has the highest veterinary care costs in the country. It also has the highest dog insurance premium.

Dog parks and activities 

On the other hand, the study found New York City to have the highest number of dog parks per capita. According to a study by ParkScore, New York City has 1.62 dog parks per 100,000 residents. This means that you’ll always be close to a dog run no matter what neighborhood you live in.


There are dozens of parks, many of which have areas where dogs are allowed off-leash between 9 P.M. and 9 A.M. You can enjoy early morning off-leash walks and meet your fellow dog owners and make new friends for you and your pet. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Sirius Dog Run in Battery Park City, Tompkins Square in the East Village, and Carl Schurz Dog Park on the Upper East Side.


With over 500 dog-friendly restaurants in New York City, you will always have somewhere to get a bite with your furry friend. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in New York City include Barking Dog, Parnell’s Pub, Sidewalk Cafe, and Bistro Les Amis.


Getting around NYC with a dog

New York is very much a walking city, making it a great place for ensuring you and your dog have plenty of opportunities to stay active. New York City is also great when you need to get around the city via public transportation. The New York City Transit allows pets on the MTA bus and small dogs are also permitted on the subway.

Popular breeds in NYC

New York City is home to a diverse range of dogs. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Poodles, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, and Labrador Retrievers. You’ll see more of certain breeds in different areas across the city. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are popular in Upper East Side and Tribeca, and Dachshunds are popular in Chelsea.

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