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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 Tacoma?

A study by Wallethub reviewed some of the largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Tacoma is regarded as a great place for pet health and wellness. The city is also considered an affordable location to own a dog.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Tacoma

Tacoma has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to stretch its legs and get some exercise. A few of the most popular dog parks in the city include Point Defiance Park, Wapato Lake Park, Wright Park, Rogers Dog Park, and Chambers Bay Off-Leash Park & Beach.


Tacoma also has several great hiking trails where you can go on a nice long walk with your dog. Browns Point Lighthouse, Jack Hyde Park, Minitti Field, and Old Town Park are a few great spots to explore.

Life in Tacoma with a dog

Tacoma has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants so you’ll always of plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat with your pet. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Hank’s Bar and Pizza, The Forum Tacoma, Harmon Pub & Brewery, Pint and Pie Public House, and Top of Tacoma. 


Tacoma has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions throughout the year.


If you have friends or family visiting Tacoma, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Hotel Murano, Hotel Thea Tacoma, and Extended Stay America.  

Popular dog breeds in Tacoma

Tacoma is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Poodles, Rottweilers, Bulldogs, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its canine peers throughout the city.

 

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