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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 North Carolina?

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in North Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in North Carolina 

North Carolina has some room to grow in terms of animal welfare. The state saved 142,235 dogs and cats during 2020. However, approximately 27,031 animals were killed in the past year. Out of 132 animal shelters, only 41 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 76%, one of the lowest in the country. We hope to see North Carolina improve this in the coming years!

North Carolina is a wonderful state for dogs and their owers – especially if you enjoy taking your four-legged friend on hikes and adventures. 


Pawsafe, a trusted pet safety review site, evaluated all 50 states according to several key factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


In the study, they ranked North Carolina as the 38th most pet-friendly state. The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails, too. Of the state’s 2,202 trails, 1,464 of the trails are dog-friendly (66.5%). This ranks 8th in the country!


Safewise conducted a similar study in which North Carolina was ranked as the 22nd most pet-friendly state. Solid scores across the board.

Are cities in North Carolina dog-friendly?

Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few in North Caroline stacked up.

Raleigh

Raleigh ranked as the 29th most pet-friendly city in the country. However, it ranked 60th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 21st for pet budget, and 35th for pet health and wellness.

Winston Salem

Winston Salem ranked as the 37th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 84th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 3rd for pet budget, and 88th for pet health and wellness. 

Greensboro, Durham, and Charlotte

Greensboro was ranked 54th, Durham was ranked 84th, and Charlotte was ranked 94th. 


The most popular dog breeds in Charlotte are Boxers, Miniature Schnauzer, Jack Russell Terriers, American Pit Bulls, Terriers, and Beagles.

How about city dog parks?

A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Durham is ranked 31st with 1.5 parks per 100,000 residents. Raleigh came in a little lower on the list at 45th, with 1.1 dog parks. Greensboro and Winston Salem have 1 and 0.8 parks, respectively.

A few more facts for dog lovers in North Carolina

Forty-one percent of North Carolina residents own a dog. This puts the state above the 40% national average.

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