My name is RICKY!

Shih Tzu/Pekingese Mix Dog for adoption in Eden Prairie, Minnesota - RICKY
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Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota

Facts about RICKY

  • Breed: Shih Tzu/Pekingese Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
In addition to the following profile for this dog, please first read the Adoption Information at to understand the process, requirements and timeline for adoption. An adoption application can also be found in the Adoption Info section. If, after reading that information, you have any questions, please submit your question via e-mail and it will be answered. Please do not request a phone call. A personal phone call will only be made when an adoption application has been submitted and the foster parent wishes to consider the application. Thank you!

Little Ricky was given the “formal” name of Rio as a puppy, but because of his quirky personality, his foster mom thinks Little Ricky suits him much better! Because he is part Pekinese, he has a shorter nasal passage and he does lots of snorting; and because he is a tiny boy with longer legs, he has cute jumping, twisting, and bouncing movements as he plays.
He is just 9 pounds, and is 1 ½ years old.

Although timid and shy at first, Ricky will warm up to you quickly if you will hold him and cuddle with him---his favorite thing to do! He has just “discovered” how fun it is to chase and run with another little Shih Tzu pup, and to toss around soft toys, and hide them in his doggie bed. Another little Shih Tzu would be fun for him, and help him continue to develop socially, but it is not a requirement to adopt him. He has enjoyed several shorter walks a day, stopping to watch any movement, person, car, or squirrel. Consistent walks outside on a leash at set times have helped him be near perfect in his house training. As is common for young dogs, Ricky has spurts of “wild” energy or play, and then wants to collapse next to you on the couch, chair, or bed,-curling up to touch you while he softly snorts to sleep! Little Ricky is a charmer, and a sweet, sweet little boy. He would love a quiet home without lots of outside activity so your focus can be on him. Because of his puppy behaviors and small size, before you apply to adopt him, consider that he will be under foot quite often—dancing around your feet! This could be a liability if you are unstable on your feet or not paying attention when you are walking him.

Ricky cannot be put in a kennel or crate while you are away from the house. Kenneling agitates him and he will chew on the bars, leading to injury of his teeth and mouth. He is currently allowed to be free or is gated in the foster home and does just fine. A belly band can be used when you are away, but he has had no accidents in the last few days.

Ricky is in excellent health, neutered and up to date on all his vaccinations. He is on heartworm and flea/tick preventative. His adoption fee is $370.00 plus $26.92 sales tax for a total of $396.92. His foster mom would like to find his adoptive home within 60 miles of Bloomington, MN, and she does ask the adopter to attend our STRMN Rescue Reunion each year the 3rd Saturday in September.

To meet Ricky, please complete an adoption application. Or you can also see him and the other dogs available for adoption from Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota by visiting with us from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Minnetonka Petco near Ridgedale on Saturday, November 5th or Saturday, December 3rd.

About Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota

About Our Rescue Group...

Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota (STRMN) is an all volunteer organization with a mission to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Re-Home Shih Tzus and Shih Tzu mixes who are in need of loving homes. We believe every dog should have a second chance, and should be treated as a living creature with respect, dignity and compassion. While our volunteers are located in Minnesota, we are committed to rescuing Shih Tzus from other states as well. As long as we have an available foster home, we will rescue and care for another Shih Tzu. STRMN is a 501c3 charitable, non profit organization. All donations to STRMN are tax deductable and 100% of donations go toward the care and comfort of our rescued dogs.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

You may make a tax deductable donation to STRMN at P.O. Box 46562, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or through our secure Paypal account. (You do not have to have a Paypal account to make a donation.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Meet and Greet
our Available Dogs
Minnetonka Petco
The Last Saturday
of every Month
10:00 am to 1:00 pm


Our Adoption Process...

The first part of the adoption process is to submit an APPLICATION FOR ADOPTION online at

Once you have completed and submitted the application, it will be reviewed by an application committee who will decide if it is an appropriate application for one of our Shih Tzus or for a particular dog in which you are interested.

The application gives us an idea of your living situation, your family, your lifestyle, and what you are really looking for in a companion. As everyone knows, the requirements and expectations for dogs all vary, and like humans, each one has its own character and personality. With regards to dogs, some are mellow and just need a place where they can be a companion to people and relax and live out their lives. Others are more active or like the companionship of another dog. But they all need to be in homes where they are understood and loved unconditionally.

After reviewing the adoption application, an adoption coordinator will call for a phone interview to chat further about the dog and you. Upon completion of the phone interview we check your references to make sure that you are, in fact, who you represent yourself to be as both a person and prospective dog parent.

The next step is to verify your living situation. Once again, all dogs have different requirements, an example being that some dogs really need to go to homes where a fenced yard is available, whereas others are fine without a fenced yard. We also need to make sure that you are the owner of the home that you reside in, and if you are not, then we need to get consent from your landlord that the dog you are looking to adopt will be allowed in your home.

Finally, we will do a visit to your home, where all family members must be present, and you will get to meet the dog you are considering. Hopefully the visit will tell us that this is the match we hope it will be! At that point, if it is true love, then you may welcome your fantastic new Shih Tzu into your home for the beginning of what we are certain will be a wonderful, loving forever relationship. Please understand that it is the decision of the foster parent as to whether the family, home and dog are an appropriate match.

We require that you sign our adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee for the dog. All dogs adopted from us are fully vetted (vaccinated, heartworm tested, dewormed (if necessary), and spayed/neutered). The adoption fee is based on the age of the dog and ranges from $100 to $400.