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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
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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 Rochester?

A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest reviewed some of the largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Rochester is the 25th most dog-friendly city with a population between 200,000 and 350,000.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Rochester

Rochester has many dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and get its daily exercise. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Better Together Dog Park, Greece Canal Dog Park, and Ellison Dog Park.


Rochester also has several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Highland Park, Genesee Valley Greenway, Canalway Trail, and Pittsford Trail System.

Life in Rochester with a dog

In Rochester, you’ll find dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Jines Restaurant, Swiftwater Brewing Company, The Gate House, and Mercantile on Main. 


Rochester has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. Plus, the city is a great location when it comes time to find a place to live with your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Rochester as the 26th best city for pet-friendly rentals.


If your friends or family are visiting Rochester, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, and Hammock Hotel.

Popular dog breeds in Rochester

Rochester is home to a diverse range of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Havanese, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, Golden Retrievers, and Beagles. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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