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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 St Louis?

A recent study from WalletHub reviewed 100 of the largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, St. Louis is ranked as the 6th most pet-friendly city in the entire country. The city is a great location for raising a healthy dog, ranking 16th overall in the pet health and wellness category. St. Louis is also the 18th most affordable place to have a pet. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in St. Louis

St. Louis has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get their daily dose of physical activity. According to a Trust For Public Land study, St. Louis has 1.6 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city and the surrounding area include Tower Grove Park, St. Johns Community Dog Park, Frenchtown Dog Park, Mini Ha Ha Park, and Lucas Dog Park. 


In St. Louis, you’ll also find several dog-friendly hiking trails for when you want to go for a long walk with your dog. A few great spots worth exploring are Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Gateway Arch National Park, Jefferson Barracks Historical Park, and Grant’s Trail.

Life in St. Louis with a dog

St. Louis has over 100 pet-friendly restaurants meaning you and your dog will have plenty of tasty options when you want to get something to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants include Shameless Grounds, Carmine’s Steak House, Boathouse at Forest Park, Failoni’s Restaurant and Bar, and Boggart’s Smokehouse. 


St. Louis has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. The WalletHub study found St. Louis to have the 2nd most animal shelters per capita so you can feel confident that the city takes animal welfare seriously.


Each year there are several pet-centered events to celebrate dogs and their owners. One of the most memorable events is Pooches in the Ballpark. There you and your furry friend can catch a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. 

If you have friends or family visiting St. Louis, they’ll find over 100 pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Moonrise Hotel, Angad Arts Hotel, Benton Park Inn, Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, and the Cheshire.

Popular dog breeds in St. Louis

St. Louis is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, and Bulldogs. No matter which kind of dog you choose to add to your family, the new pup will find many of its canine companions across the city.

 

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