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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 St Louis?

A recent study from WalletHub reviewed 100 of the largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, St. Louis is ranked as the 6th most pet-friendly city in the entire country. The city is a great location for raising a healthy dog, ranking 16th overall in the pet health and wellness category. St. Louis is also the 18th most affordable place to have a pet. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in St. Louis

St. Louis has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get their daily dose of physical activity. According to a Trust For Public Land study, St. Louis has 1.6 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city and the surrounding area include Tower Grove Park, St. Johns Community Dog Park, Frenchtown Dog Park, Mini Ha Ha Park, and Lucas Dog Park. 


In St. Louis, you’ll also find several dog-friendly hiking trails for when you want to go for a long walk with your dog. A few great spots worth exploring are Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Gateway Arch National Park, Jefferson Barracks Historical Park, and Grant’s Trail.

Life in St. Louis with a dog

St. Louis has over 100 pet-friendly restaurants meaning you and your dog will have plenty of tasty options when you want to get something to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants include Shameless Grounds, Carmine’s Steak House, Boathouse at Forest Park, Failoni’s Restaurant and Bar, and Boggart’s Smokehouse. 


St. Louis has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. The WalletHub study found St. Louis to have the 2nd most animal shelters per capita so you can feel confident that the city takes animal welfare seriously.


Each year there are several pet-centered events to celebrate dogs and their owners. One of the most memorable events is Pooches in the Ballpark. There you and your furry friend can catch a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. 

If you have friends or family visiting St. Louis, they’ll find over 100 pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Moonrise Hotel, Angad Arts Hotel, Benton Park Inn, Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, and the Cheshire.

Popular dog breeds in St. Louis

St. Louis is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, and Bulldogs. No matter which kind of dog you choose to add to your family, the new pup will find many of its canine companions across the city.

 

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