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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 Peoria?

A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Peoria is ranked the 24th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of pet sitters and a B+ for the cost of dog insurance.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Peoria

Peoria has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can roam and get its daily dose of exercise. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are Parkridge Park Dog Park, Pioneer Community Park, Paloma Community Park, and Hance Dog Park.


In Peoria and the surrounding area, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Rio Vista Community Park, New River Trail, and Thunderbird Conservation Park. 

Life in Peoria with a dog

Peoria has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, Haymaker Thunderbird, The Cabin, Lakeside Bar & Grill, and Char Pizzeria.   


Peoria has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. The city is also home to a high number of pet sitters. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If your friends or family are visiting Peoria, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Residence Inn, WoodSpring Suites, and Quality Inn.            

Popular dog breeds in Peoria

Peoria is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Chihuahuas, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Goldendoodles, and Beagles. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your family, your new pup will find many fellow companions throughout the city.

 

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