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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 Oakland?

A recent WalletHub study reviewed the 100 biggest cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Oakland is ranked the 58th most pet-friendly. The city is one of the best locations in the country for outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 14th overall.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Oakland

Oakland has many different places for you to enjoy the warm California sun with your dog. According to a study from Trust For Public Land, there are 3.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents. This is one of the highest numbers in the country. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Redwood Regional Park, Lake Merritt, Mosswood Park, and Grove Shafter Dog Play Area.

The Bay Area has plenty of dog-friendly beaches for your pooch to frolic in the sand. A few great beaches to take your dog to include Crissy Field, Baker Beach, Fort Funston Beach, and Pillar Point Harbor.

Oakland also has several great hiking trails for when you want to take an extended walk with your dog. A few spots worth exploring with your furry friend are Sequoia Bayview Trail, Joaquin Miller Park Trail, Leona Canyon Trail, and Shepherd Canyon. 

Life in Oakland with a dog

In Oakland, there are dozens of dog-friendly restaurants, so you’ll always have somewhere to get something to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Drake’s Dealership, Bellancio, Chop Bar, Sierra Deli, and Trappist.

Oakland has plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including pet shops, daycares, and groomers. Plus, according to a Zumper study, the city has the 5th highest number of veterinarians per capita. This means you’ll never be far away from professional care for your pet.

If your friends or family are headed to Oakland, there are dozens of pet-friendly hotels for them to stay in with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in Oakland are Waterfront Hotel, Hyatt Place, and Extended Stay Oakland.

Popular dog breeds in Oakland

Oakland is home to many different kinds of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Pit Bulls, Labrador Retrievers, Goldens, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Poodles. However, no matter what type of dog you decide to bring into your family, your new pup will have many other canine companions across the city.

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