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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 Idaho?

We have to be honest that Idaho has some areas to improve in its dog-friendly status. But not to worry, the state does have some great highlights! It’s a stellar travel destination for people who travel with their pets and has some very dog-friendly cities. 


Overall, the two leading studies rank Idaho as 36th and 47th for pet-friendliness. Since there are only 50 states, this isn’t the best. The studies compare states by their adherence to important factors like pet-friendly accommodations, access to pet services, animal cruelty laws, and even pet-friendly outdoor space. 


Pawsafe, an animal welfare site, ranks Idaho 47th. Idaho lags behind other states mainly because of its lax animal cruelty laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Safewise, a safety review site, ranked Idaho a little bit higher as the 36th most pet-friendly state in the country. Combining these two studies together puts Idaho towards the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states. 


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Are cities in Idaho pet-friendly?

Wallethub is a finance site, but they also publish a fantastic review scoring the 100 biggest cities in the U.S. on their friendliness to pets.

Boise

Boise is both Idaho’s capital and largest city, with a population of about a quarter-million. Wallethub’s study ranks Boise in the 13th position for pet-friendly cities in the U.S. Boise scored 38th in pet budget, 48th in pet health and wellness, and 12th in outdoor pet-friendliness.


Best of all? Boise scored as number one for dog parks in a survey by the Trust for Public Land. The city has 5.7 dog parks per 100,000 people.


A few more facts for dog-lovers in Idaho

BringFido lists Idaho as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,200 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.


Thirty-three percent of Idaho residents own a dog, which is slightly below the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


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

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Idaho

Idaho saved 29,564 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,728 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Twenty-one out of 33 of the animal shelters within Idaho are no-kill shelters, which is higher than many other states. Idaho also has an average save rate of 86%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but not too far off.

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