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What do you need to know before you adopt a Shih Tzu? We asked the experts!
Shih Tzu exude happiness and joy, giving you a smile no matter what! There is just something about these dogs that captures your heart forever.
They do need grooming every 5-6 weeks, but most love to be brushed, which is calming both for you and the dog.
One important thing to know is just because they are small does not mean they want to be carried around, some Shih-Tzu will tolerate it but some will snap when strangers try to pick them up.
Shih Tzu love to be around their people at home or on the go, they are very affectionate and loyal.
Shih Tzu can be stubborn and housebreaking may be more difficult than with other breeds, a regular schedule is very important for success.
More about Shih Tzu:
The Shih Tzu is a small dog with large round eyes, pendant or drop ears, and a high-set tail carried over the back. They have straight hair that will grow quite long if left unattended.
It is a myth that dogs like the Shih Tzu, who have ‘hair’ rather than fur, do not shed. The truth is that shedding is simply less obvious in these dogs. The hair that is shed is more likely to be trapped in the dog’s coat than it is to drop onto the floor or furniture. Therefore it is less likely to be noticed. For this reason it is essential to brush your Shih Tzu several times weekly to prevent their fur from becoming tangled or matted. Shih Tzu also need to have their coats clipped regularly as the hair will grow quite long. The shorter you keep your Shih Tzu’s coat, the less work it will be to brush it.
Many Shih Tzu love being lap dogs, but they can also be quite spunky and they truly enjoy playtime. Your Shih Tzu or Shih Tzu mix can be kept fit with daily walks, but they also tend to really enjoy interactive games with their people. Given their diminutive size this can be accomplished with simple indoor games or gentle romps in a fenced yard.
Like many breeds with pendant ears, Shih Tzu are prone to ear infections. It is essential to keep their ears clean and dry.
Those who share their homes with Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu mixes often describe them as great family pets who fit almost any living situation. They are charming and lovable, entertaining, and sometimes a bit stubborn! They can thrive in an apartment or condo as well as in a rural setting. These are indoor pets and cannot be expected to survive or thrive living outdoors.