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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 Tampa?

A recent study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Tampa is ranked as the 2nd most pet-friendly of all American cities. The city is one of the best when it comes to pet health and wellness and outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 5th and 13th in the categories, respectively. 


A similar study from SmartAsset also ranked Tampa as the 2nd most pet-friendly city in the country. In the study, they found Tampa to have the 6th most dog parks per capita. The city also has the 18th most pet-friendly restaurants and one of the highest walkability scores.    

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Tampa

Tampa has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy the warm Florida sun. According to the SmartAsset study, there are 4.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include West Park Dog Park, Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park, Lettuce Lake Park, and Hair of the Dog Park.


In Tampa, you’ll also find several scenic hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on an extended walk. A couple of great spots to explore are Eureka Springs Conservation Park and Upper Tampa Bay Trail.

Life in Tampa with a dog

With over 240 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your pup will always have somewhere to grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Datz Tampa, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, World of Beer, Independent Bar and Cafe, and Glory Days Grill.


Tampa has many other dog-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, groomers, and spas. It is also one of the best locations when it comes time to find a place to live with your pet. A Zumper study found Tampa to have the 32nd most pet-friendly rental listings in the country.


If your friends or family are in Tampa for a visit, they’ll 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 Brandon Center Hotel, Le Meridien Tampa, Hotel Haya, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. 

Popular dog breeds in Tampa

Tampa is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Goldens, Labs, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, Poodles, Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its kind across the city.

 

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