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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 Stockton?

A recent study from WalletHub reviewed some of the biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Stockton is ranked as the 75th most pet-friendly. The city is one of the most affordable places to have a dog as it ranks 37th overall in the pet budget category.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Stockton

Stockton has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to run around in the warm California sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Michael Faklis Park, Barkleyville Dog Park, Weston Park Dog Area, and Caswell Memorial State Park.

Stockton also has several fun hiking trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to check out in Stockon and the surrounding areas are Delta Meadows River Park, Stanislaus River Trail, and Manteca Tidewater Bikeway. 

Life in Stockton with a dog

Stockton has over a dozen pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have some tasty options when you want to grab something to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants are Midgley’s Public House, Casa Flores, Mezzo Restaurant, Bobs at the Marina, and High Water Brewing in nearby Lodi.

Stockton has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. There are also a healthy number of vets, and the WalletHub study mentioned above found Stockton to have the 4th lowest veterinary costs in the country.

When you have friends or family visiting Stockton, they’ll find plenty of places to stay with their dogs. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are the Wine and Roses Hotel, University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, and La Quinta Inn Stockton.

Popular dog breeds in Stockton

In Stockton, you’ll find a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include French Bulldogs, Labs, German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, American Pit Bull Terriers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter which breed of dog you want to bring into your family, the new pup will find many of its fellow canine peers across the city.

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