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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 Surprise?

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, Surprise is ranked the 35th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of pet dog-friendly rentals and a B+ for its cost of dog insurance.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Surprise

Surprise and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and stretch its legs. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Community Park Dog Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park, Roscoe Dog Park, and Parkridge Park.    


Surprise and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Trilby Trailhead, Sun Valley Trailhead, and Sierra Montana Park.  

Life in Surprise with a dog

Surprise has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bit to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area are Culver’s, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Jim’s Burgers & Eggs, and Great Eagle Bar & Grill.    


Surprise has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If your friends or family are visiting Surprise, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are Hampton Inn Suites, The Windmill Suites, and Residence Inn.   

Popular dog breeds in Surprise

Surprise is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Shih Tzus, Pitbulls, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Goldendoodles. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.

 

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