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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 Wyoming?

Wyoming is an amazing state for pet-friendly travel destinations, though it has some room to grow for dog owners living in the state. Let’s break down some studies to understand why. 


Two major studies rank all 50 states by their pet friendliness, analyzing factors like animal welfare laws, pet care and services, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


The first study, by an animal care group called Pawsafe, ranked Wyoming as the 44th most pet-friendly state. The second study, conducted by a consumer safety review site, ranked Wyoming 46th. In both studies, the major factor for this low ranking was Wyoming’s lax animal cruelty laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Wyoming

BringFido lists Wyoming as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Grand Teton National Park and Lake McKenzie as popular dog-friendly destinations for Wyoming.


Thirty-six percent of Wyoming residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but it’s pretty close! 


What kinds of dogs do Wyoming residents love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Wyoming are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Wyoming

Wyoming saved 14,985 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 562 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Fifteen out of 31 of the animal shelters within Wyoming are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 87%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but it’s close.

 

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