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06/15/2022

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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 Springfield?

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, Springfield is ranked the 30th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for the cost of dog insurance and a B for the number of dog-friendly rentals.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Springfield 

Springfield 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 Cruse Dog Park, Fassnight Park, and Nixa Dog Park. 


In Springfield 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 Sequiota Park, Frisco Highline Trail, Ritter Springs Park, and Bluff Spring Trailhead.

Life in Springfield with a dog

Springfield 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 Bambinos Cafe on Delmar, Springfield Brewing Company, Cafe Cusco, Black Sheep Burgers and Shakes, and Andy’s Frozen Custard.  


Springfield 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 Springfield, 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 Greenstay Hotel and Suites, Hotel Vandivort, Drury Inn & Suites, and Candlewood Suites Springfield South.             

Popular dog breeds in Springfield

Springfield is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Beagles, Maltese, Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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