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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 Phoenix?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Phoenix is ranked as the 77th most pet-friendly city. The city is one of the best in the country when it comes to health and wellness for pets, ranking 19th in the country. The city is also ranked 40th for overall pet budget.


A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Phoenix as the 18th most pet-friendly city in the country. The study found Phoenix to have over 73 pet stores and vets per 10,000 establishments, one of the highest amounts in the country.

Dog parks in Phoenix

As a large city, there are plenty of dog parks in Phoenix, many of them allowing your pup to run off-leash. According to a study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Phoenix has 12 dog parks, approximately 0.7 parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Paradise Valley Dog Park, Rose Mofford Sports Complex, Steele Indian School, and Esteban Dog Park.

Life in Phoenix with a dog

With over 175 dog-friendly restaurants, Phoenix is a great city to grab a bite with your furry friends. Some of Phoenix's most popular pet-friendly restaurants include OHSO Brewery Paradise Valley, FEZ, Aunt Chilada’s, and Keegan’s.


Phoenix is home to many other dog-friendly businesses, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores, as well as 11 dog-friendly shopping centers.


If you have family or friends visiting Phoenix, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels so their companions won’t need to stay behind. Many of these hotels won’t even charge for bringing your pet along. A few of the best dog-friendly hotels in Phoenix are Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix Cityscape, Sheraton Crescent Hotel, and FOUND:RE Phoenix.

Popular breeds in Phoenix

Arizona is home to a wide variety of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Shih Tzus, Cavalier Kings, Rottweilers, and Boxers.


In Phoenix, the most popular breeds are similar. They include Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Boxers, Dachshunds, Poodles, and Shih Tzus.

 

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