Shih Tzu Puppies for Sale in Ohio, OH
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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 Ohio?
Ohio ranks pretty well for pet safety, happiness, and especially for pet-friendly accommodations. The state loves dogs and ranks pretty well in terms of animal safety and no-kill shelters.
A study conducted by trusted review site Pawsafe ranked Ohio as the 29 most pet-friendly state. Pawsafe ranks the state 9th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
Safewise conducted their own research in which they reached a similar conclusion. In their study, Ohio is ranked 30th for pet-friendliness.
Are cities in Ohio pet-friendly?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few cities in Ohio stacked up.
In their study, Cincinnati was the 8th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 38th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 19th for pet budget, and 20th for pet health and wellness. Furthermore, the city had the most veterinarians per capita. It also has the 5th most pet businesses per capita.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Cincinnati is ranked 35th with 1.3 parks per 100,000 residents. There are four total dog parks in the city.
Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo
There are a few other Ohio cities on the list. Columbus is positioned 40th with the 5th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 2nd for pet budget, and 95th for pet health and wellness. The city was also noted to have the third-lowest veterinary costs.
Additionally, Cleveland and Toldeo were ranked 63rd and 66th, respectively.
Toledo, Columbus, and Cleveland have 0.7, 0.7, and 0.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents respectively.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Ohio
Thirty-seven percent of Ohio residents own a dog. This is close to the national do ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Ohio are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Ohio
Ohio saved 105,449 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,836 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 157 animal shelters, 83 are no-kill shelters. While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is just shy of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Let’s keep going, Ohio!
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