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Leatrice S.

03/30/2022

Shihpoo

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 Gainesville?

Dogs are part of the family. If your pup is to thrive and have an enjoyable life, it’s important to ensure you live in a pet-friendly environment. There are many factors that determine whether a city is pet-friendly. Dog-friendly businesses, access to dog parks and hiking trails, and rentals that allow dogs are just some of the things that improve the quality of life for your dog.


Gainesville is great in many of these areas, which is why it is widely considered a very pet-friendly city.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Gainesville

Gainesville and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and meet other dogs. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Squirrel Ridge Park, Possum Creek Dog Park, Celebration Pointe Dog Park, and Haisley Lynch Park.   


Gainesville and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Loblolly Woods Nature Park, Forest Park, O’Leno State Park, and Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail. 

Life in Gainesville with a dog

Gainesville has over 90 pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bit to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area are Wahoo Seafood Grill, Swamp Head Brewery, Metro Diner, Amelia’s, and Loosey’s.  


Gainesville has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If your friends or family are visiting Gainesville, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are Sweetwater Branch Inn, Aloft Gainesville, TownePlace Suites, and AC Hotel Gainesville.   

Popular dog breeds in Gainesville

Gainesville is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, Beagles, and Rottweilers. No matter which breed you choose to add to your family, your new pup will find many canine companions dogs throughout the city.

 

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