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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 Tampa?

A recent study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Tampa is ranked as the 2nd most pet-friendly of all American cities. The city is one of the best when it comes to pet health and wellness and outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 5th and 13th in the categories, respectively. 


A similar study from SmartAsset also ranked Tampa as the 2nd most pet-friendly city in the country. In the study, they found Tampa to have the 6th most dog parks per capita. The city also has the 18th most pet-friendly restaurants and one of the highest walkability scores.    

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Tampa

Tampa has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy the warm Florida sun. According to the SmartAsset study, there are 4.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include West Park Dog Park, Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park, Lettuce Lake Park, and Hair of the Dog Park.


In Tampa, you’ll also find several scenic hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on an extended walk. A couple of great spots to explore are Eureka Springs Conservation Park and Upper Tampa Bay Trail.

Life in Tampa with a dog

With over 240 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your pup will always have somewhere to grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Datz Tampa, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, World of Beer, Independent Bar and Cafe, and Glory Days Grill.


Tampa has many other dog-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, groomers, and spas. It is also one of the best locations when it comes time to find a place to live with your pet. A Zumper study found Tampa to have the 32nd most pet-friendly rental listings in the country.


If your friends or family are in Tampa for a visit, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Brandon Center Hotel, Le Meridien Tampa, Hotel Haya, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. 

Popular dog breeds in Tampa

Tampa is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Goldens, Labs, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, Poodles, Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its kind across the city.

 

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