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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 Kansas?

Kansas is a great state for dog lovers. The “sunflower state” compares well to other states for things like animal welfare regulations, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


We looked at two important studies ranking each of the states by these pet-friendly factors. The first study was conducted by Pawsafe, an animal advocacy group. In their study, Kansas is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly state. The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


The other study was conducted by Safewise, a consumer review site for safety across the country. In their study, Kansas is ranked as the 12th most pet-friendly state in the country!  


Combining these two studies places Kansas towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.

Are cities in Kansas pet-friendly?

The cities individually didn’t score quite as well. Financial advisor site Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how Kandas’ largest city ranked.

Wichita

Wichita was ranked 76th overall, which could be better. Wallethub scored the city 20th in pet budget, 82nd in pet health and wellness, and 98th in outdoor pet-friendliness.


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Wichita scored in the 66th position, with 0.7 parks per 100,000 people.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Kansas

BringFido lists Kansas as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 700 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee and Iliff Commons in Topeka as top dog-friendly attractions.


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


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

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Kansas

Kansas saved 49,147 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,971 animals were reported killed over this same period. 

Forty-two out of 98 of the animal shelters within Kansas are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 87%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but is close!

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