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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 Santa Ana?

A recent study from WalletHub reviewed some of the largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Santa Ana is ranked as the 100th most pet-friendly location in the country. Wallethub noted that the city is a great spot for pet health and wellness and outdoor pet-friendliness.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Santa Ana

Santa Ana has numerous dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to enjoy the warm California sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city and the surrounding area include Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Home Run Dog Park, Harada Heritage Dog Park, and Bellis Dog Park. 


When you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog, the city has several great hiking trails for you to explore. A few spots worth checking out are Santa Ana River Trail and Oso Creek Trail in nearby Mission Viejo.


Santa Ana is also home to several awesome dog-friendly beaches for when you and your dog want to enjoy the water and beat the California heat. A few great beaches in the area include Rosie’s Dog Beach and Corona Del Mar State Beach.

Life in Santa Ana with a dog

Santa Ana has dozens of dog-friendly restaurants so you’ll always have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite with your furry friend. A few of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city include Darya, Dog Haus Biergarten, and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.


Santa Ana has a bunch of other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. The city is also one of the best locations when you need to find a place to live with your pup. A Zumper study ranked Santa Ana as the 26th best city in the country for finding pet-friendly rentals.


If you have friends or family visiting Santa Ana, they too will have no trouble finding somewhere to stay with their dog as the city has several pet-friendly hotels. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Courtyard Costa Mesa, DoubleTree, and La Quinta Inn & Suites.

Popular dog breeds in Santa Ana

In Santa Ana, you’ll find a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, and Chihuahuas. No matter which kind of dog you decide to bring into your family, the new pup will find many of its canine companions across the city.

 

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