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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. 

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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 Ohio?

Ohio ranks pretty well for pet safety, happiness, and especially for pet-friendly accommodations. The state loves dogs and ranks pretty well in terms of animal safety and no-kill shelters.


A study conducted by trusted review site Pawsafe ranked Ohio as the 29 most pet-friendly state. Pawsafe ranks the state 9th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


Safewise conducted their own research in which they reached a similar conclusion. In their study, Ohio is ranked 30th for pet-friendliness.

Are cities in Ohio pet-friendly?

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

Cincinnati

In their study, Cincinnati was the 8th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 38th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 19th for pet budget, and 20th for pet health and wellness. Furthermore, the city had the most veterinarians per capita. It also has the 5th most pet businesses per capita.


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, Cincinnati is ranked 35th with 1.3 parks per 100,000 residents. There are four total dog parks in the city.

Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo

There are a few other Ohio cities on the list. Columbus is positioned 40th with the 5th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 2nd for pet budget, and 95th for pet health and wellness. The city was also noted to have the third-lowest veterinary costs. 


Additionally, Cleveland and Toldeo were ranked 63rd and 66th, respectively.


Toledo, Columbus, and Cleveland have 0.7, 0.7, and 0.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents respectively.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Ohio

Thirty-seven percent of Ohio residents own a dog. This is close to the national do ownership rate of 40%.


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

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Ohio

Ohio saved 105,449 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,836 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 157 animal shelters, 83 are no-kill shelters. While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 89%. This is just shy of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Let’s keep going, Ohio!

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