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MICHAEL B.

11/05/2022

Shih Tzu

Great people to work with And lots of help along the way Opal is so cute and smart that she is learning to fit right into our family First two weeks were the hardest she could drive you insane we forgot how active a 14 week old can be and how fast they can pee and poop we would look at her and say it’s a good thing you’re cute and she is

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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 Tempe?

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, Tempe is ranked the 9th most pet-friendly city with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city received an A for its number of pet sitters and dog-friendly hotels. It also scored a B+ for dog-friendly rentals.  

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Tempe   

Tempe has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and enjoy the warm Arizona sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are The Barking Bodega, Tempe Sports Complex Dog Park, Papago Bark Park, and Mitchell Dog Park.    


In Tempe, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Hayden Butte Preserve, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and Shaw Butte Trail.   

Life in Tempe with a dog

Tempe has a healthy number of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Snakes & Lattes, Salut Kitchen Bar, Cornish Pasty Company, Kings Fish House, Devil’s Advocate, and Casey Moore’s Oyster House.  


Tempe has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, pet daycares, and pet stores. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If you ever have friends or family visiting Tempe, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Apache Inn, Tempe Mission Palms Resort, Drury Inn & Suites, and Graduate Tempe.        

Popular dog breeds in Tempe

Tempe is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Shih Tzus, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many canine companions throughout the city.

 

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