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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 Knoxville?

A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzes some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Knoxville is considered the 2nd most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A+ for the number of dog-friendly trails and dog-friendly restaurants. It also got an A for dog parks and the cost of dog insurance.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Knoxville

Knoxville has tons of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some sun. There are 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents, the 5th highest in the country. A few of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are Plumb Creek Dog Park, Holston River Dog Park, Dogwood Park at Victor Ashe Park, Paws and Pals Dog Park, and Pet Safe Concord Park. 


Knoxville is also home to a variety of great hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Knoxville City Greenways, West Hills Dogwood Trail, and Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.  

Life in Knoxville with a dog

Knoxville has over 150 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to grab something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Aubrey’s Strawberry Plains, Cafe 4, Wild Wing Cafe, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria. 


Knoxville has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. Plus, every year, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


The city is a great location when it comes to time to find a place to live with your dog. According to Zumper, Knoxville is the 16th best city for pet-friendly rental listings.


If your friends or family are in Knoxville for a visit, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Graduate Knoxville, Staybridge Suites, Comfort Inn, and Extended Stay Knoxville Cedar Bluff. 

Popular dog breeds in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Goldens, French Bulldogs, Beagles, Poodles, Rottweilers, Yorkshire Terriers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter which dog breed you decide to add to your family, your new pup will have many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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