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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.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
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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 Raleigh?

A recent WalletHub study reviewed the 100 largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Raleigh is ranked the 29th most pet-friendly. The city is one of the most affordable places for owning a pet, ranking 21st in the country for pet budget.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Raleigh

Raleigh has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get his daily dose of exercise. According to a study from Trust For Public Land, there are 1.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Oakwood Dog Park, Dix Park, Buffaloe Road Dog Park, and Carolina Pines Community Dog Park.

Raleigh also has eight hiking trails for when you want to take a scenic walk with your dog. A few spots worth exploring with your furry friend include Sal’s Branch Trail, Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve, Sal’s Branch Trail, and Inspiration Trail.

Life in Raleigh with a dog

There are over 200 pet-friendly restaurants in Raleigh, meaning there’s always somewhere to grab a meal with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Whiskey Kitchen, The Flying Biscuit Cafe, Trophy Brewing and Pizza, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and Neuse River Brewing Company.

Raleigh has plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including pet shops, daycares, groomers, and spas. The city is also one of the best in the country for renters looking for a place to live with their pets. A Zumper study found Raleigh to have the 14th most pet-friendly rental listings.

If you have friends or family visiting Raleigh, there are numerous pet-friendly hotels for them to stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Aloft Raleigh, MainStay Suites, and Hyatt House. 

Popular dog breeds in Raleigh

Raleigh is home to many different kinds of dogs. The most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Poodles. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your new pup will have many other canine companions across the city.

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