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Leatrice S.

03/30/2022

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We had a superb experience dealing with Puppy Spot for our furry friend. We now have had our shihpoo for 3 weeks. Puppy Spot was with us till the very end when Paris arrived at our doorstep. We love her dearly! Thank you Puppy Spot! Leatrice and Lynn

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Shihpoo Characteristics

Shihpoos are wonderful companions with their high intelligence, loyalty, and extremely affectionate natures. They’re very outgoing and energetic, but their small size and intelligence help make them a great pet even for new pet parents. The key with a Shihpoo is to start obedience training early and make sure you socialize them with other dogs and people. 

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Responsive

The Shihpoo is a cross between the cuddly Shih-Tzu and hypoallergenic Poodle. Like most Poodle mixes, Shihpoos were bred to help people with allergies. These dogs can come with straight hair like the Shih-Tzu, curly hair like the Poodle, or a mixture. The Shihpoo also blends the best of both breeds and isn’t as prone to the health issues of purebred dogs. At the same time, you should always make sure to research your breeder before purchasing.
 
Weighing anywhere between 8-18 lbs and standing between 8-16 inches, these little dogs are commonly seen in black, white, and merle. Many experts agree that small dogs are at a higher risk for dental issues than large dogs. This is likely due to the smaller skulls and jaws, which can lead to overcrowding of the teeth. This overcrowding creates more spaces where food can get trapped, and bacteria can grow. Taking your Shihpoo to get regular checkups at the vet will ensure any dental disease is caught early.
 
A quirk of many dogs who weigh less than ten pounds is that they believe they’re much larger than they actually are. Consequently, a lot of little dogs often aren’t afraid to pick fights with large dogs. To help ensure your Shihpoo doesn’t find itself in trouble, introduce it to large dogs under close supervision and be prepared to break up any potential quarrels. If you plan on taking your Shihpoo to a dog park, keep a constant eye on your dog.

How dog-friendly is Birmingham?

A study by Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Birmingham is ranked the 5th most pet-friendly location in the country. The city is the 9th most affordable place to have a dog and the 15th best spot for pet health and wellness. The study also found Birmingham to have the 5th lowest veterinary-care costs. 


Dog parks and outdoor activities in Birmingham

Birmingham has many dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and get its daily exercise. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Cahaba Beach Dog Park, Railroad Park, Good Dog Park & Bar, and Rufus Rhodes Park.


Birmingham also has several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Red Mountain Park, Ruffner Mountain, and Vulcan Trail.

Life in Birmingham with a dog

In Birmingham, you’ll find dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include The Filling Station, Big Bad Breakfast, Good People Brewing Company, and Slice Pizza and Brew.


Birmingham has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. Plus, each year there are numerous pet-centered events to celebrate our furry friends. 


If your friends or family are visiting Birmingham, 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 Sonesta Select, Drury Inn & Suites, and Residence Inn. 

Popular dog breeds in Birmingham

Birmingham is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Beagles, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Rottweilers. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your family, your pup will have many of its peers throughout the city.

 

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