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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 Indiana?

Indiana ranks very well across multiple studies as a great place to own a pup! Indiana residents seem to love dogs, and a wide range of pet-friendly accommodations and travel options help boost the state, too. 


Animal safety review sites Pawsafe and Safewise give Indiana great marks. 


Pawsafe ranked Indiana as the 12th most pet-friendly state in a study that evaluated factors like dog-friendly parks, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and more. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Safewise ranked Indiana 8th for pet-friendliness. Combining these two studies together puts Indiana towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.

Are cities in Indiana pet-friendly?

Another review site, Wallethub, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country and ranked them by pet-friendly factors. Here’s how a few Indiana cities stacked up.

Indianapolis

In their study, Indianapolis was the 43rd most pet-friendly city. It ranked 96th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 14th for pet budget, and 47th for pet health and wellness. 

Fort Wayne

There are a few other Indiana cities on the list. Fort Wayne is positioned 45th with the 100th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 1st for pet budget, and 65th for pet health and wellness. 

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Indiana

BringFido lists Indiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1100 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.


Forty-nine percent of Indiana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Indiana are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Indiana

Indiana saved 85,903 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,552 animals were killed over this same period. Thirty-one percent of the animal shelters within Indiana are no-kill shelters. 


While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is moderately short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Overall, it seems Indiana is working hard to keep animals safe, and we hope to see continued progress.

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