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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 Boston?

A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Boston is ranked as the 67th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best for outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 35th in the country.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Boston

Boston has numerous pet-friendly places for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. According to a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study, there are 1.8 parks for every 100,000 residents. Over 15 of these are off-leash parks where your dog can roam without constraint. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are North End Dog Park, Boston Common, Belle Isle Marsh, Channel Center Dog Park, and Paul Revere Dog Park.


In Boston, you’ll find a number of great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Boston Public Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, The Esplanade, and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.


The city is also home to several water activities you and your dog can enjoy. Boston Harbor Cruises welcomes dogs on their cruises and ferries, and Paddle Boston rents kayaks and paddleboards for your four-legged friends.

Life in Boston with a dog

With over 136 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have somewhere to grab a meal in Boston. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Toro, Joe’s American Bar and Grill, Thorntons Fenway Bar and Grille, and The Frogmore Lowcountry Kitchen and Bar.


Boston has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and almost a dozen dog-friendly shopping centers. At the SoWa Open Market street festival, you and your dog can enjoy hundreds of the artisans and vendors and some of the best food and art New England has to offer.


If you have friends or family visiting Boston, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Colonnade Hotel, The Eliot Hotel, Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston, and Copley House.

Popular dog breeds in Boston

Boston is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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