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Ernestine B.

06/25/2022

Shih Tzu

This is Ernestine, I received my puppy, Smokey, in good condition. He was delivered to my front door June 4, I was very happy to see him. Smokey was in good shape, flight and driver was great! I was completely satisfied with all arrangements.

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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 Oregon?

Super dog-friendly! Oregon is regularly ranked in the top five best states for pets. Two of the best review sites for pet safety and comfort are Pawsafe and Safewise. Both give Oregon excellent marks. 


Pawsafe’s study examined each state according to some pet-friendly metrics. They evaluated things like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations and services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


In the Pawsafe study, Oregon ranked as the 4th most pet-friendly state in the country. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws, which related to animal abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


In their own separate study, Safewise also ranked Oregon as the 4th most pet-friendly state, for many of the same factors. Combining these two studies puts Oregon at the front of the pack of pet-friendly states!

Are cities in Oregon pet-friendly?

Consumer review site Wallethub has an extensive survey of the 100 largest cities in the country and then ranks them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few Oregon cities did.

Portland

In their study, Portland was the 19th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 4th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 76th for pet budget, and 21st for pet health and wellness. 


In a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study that ranks cities for dog parks per capita, Portland ranked 2nd on the list at 5.4 per 100,000 residents.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Oregon

BringFido lists Oregon as a very pet-friendly travel destination with over 4400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.


Thirty-eight percent of Oregon residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much! 


What dogs do people love in Oregon? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Oregon are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Boxers, and Border Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Oregon

Oregon saved 35,980 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 612 animals were killed over this same period. 


Thirty out of 46 of the animal shelters within Oregon are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is moderately high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is barely short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Good job, overall!

 

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