That was probably the most generic and cheesy title that you could expect from this topic.
So, basically, if you didn't know, I have two Shih Tzus. One is a female and the other is a male.
The male's full name is Brayden Prince Michael. The female's full name is Isabella Sera.
We call Brayden "Big bones" or "Fat boy" because he was the largest of his litter.
Plus, he's just really big for a Shih Tzu. He's around twenty pounds. Yep, he's a whopper.
We call Isabella "Bella", "Izzy", "Belly", and "Miss Bell"
She, ironically, was the smallest of her litter. She's the runt and almost everyone who sees her thinks that she is still a puppy because she is so tiny.
All about Shih Tzus
Shih Tzus or formally known as 'Shih Tzu Kou" means lion dog in Chinese.
Now, anyone who has owned/currently owns a Shih Tzu knows that they're a handful. They can be SO stubborn.
They require a lot of attention and always, always, ALWAYS want to be around people. They will follow you into the bathroom. I can tell you, though, they are the most loving animals that you will meet. They can make you feel so much better and put a smile on your face just like that.
My two Shih Tzu's happen to be the biggest human lovers & animal lovers.
They want to meet every person they see & play with every animal. (especially squirrels)
My, oh my, do they love to go on bye-bye rides. In the summer, they cry until you roll your window down and allow them to look out it and feel the breeze.
Shih Tzus are hypoallergenic.
It seems hard to believe because their hair grows so rapidly, you would think that they shed and would be bad for a person who has allergies, but it's the exact opposite. They rarely shed, at all.
Now, because their hair does grow so rapidly, it is recommended to bathe your Tzu at least once a week and brush them once a day, every day.
Grooming your Shih Tzu
Grooming your Shih Tzu is extremely important. You should take time to have their fur cut/groomed so it does not become unmanageable. You, or the groomer, should pay particular attention to their eye area and to be careful when using scissors. You may need help to hold them while you do this. It is essential because it will help them see much better.
Training your Shih Tzu at an earlier age is always recommended over waiting until it's a year or two old. You should let your dog meet other dogs so that it can socialize and experience life outside of your home. Make sure to take your dog into a town or city close to you so they can become adjusted to seeing people and hearing noises that they wouldn't normally hear. They are a bit inquisitive, so they will be curious about everything. You should use positive reinforcement when training your dog. They sometimes can have a "holier than thou" attitude but you have to stay patient and focused when training them. If your dog is a puppy, get a teething ring. Shih Tzus tend to chew a lot when they are puppies. That is completely normal, but you don't want them to get used to it.
To keep your Shih Tzu healthy, you'll want to make sure to exercise your Shih Tzu as much as possible. Shih Tzus are tiny but they to stretch those legs and play!
Although, they may appear delicate, they really love to get dirty.
What they don't love? Bath time.
Make sure to give them the healthiest dog food that you can afford. Shih Tzus have sensitive stomachs and if your dog doesn't seem to keen on it, try another. You could also ask your vet for their recommendations.
Speaking of vets, taking your Shih Tzu to the vet once a year for a check up, as long as any other animal you may have. This can be pricy, but it is worth it to assure the longest life possible of your animal.
Plus, you want to make sure they have all their shots and vaccinations up to date.
Shih Tzus tend to have a lot of eye problems. 2 of 5 Shih Tzus are expected to go blind. It's good to be alert, just incase. If your dog tends to bump into things and seems kind of lost, all of sudden, they might have some eye problems.
Shih Tzus also can have missing or misaligned teeth from birth. Brayden, has a few missing teeth. Our vet recommended that we brush his teeth with an appropriate dog toothpaste. Some Shih Tzus can even lose the ability to chew food if their teeth aren't brushed.
Most importantly, give your Shih Tzu LOVE!!
They need it, every animal needs it, we all need it! Pet them and praise them on the daily. Let them lay on your lap while you're watching tv or are on your computer. Just show them you care. They can't talk, so pay attention to them.
Shih Tzus are lovely and I want to buy more of them all the time. You'll fall in love as soon as you buy one.
Hello! My name is Katelyn and welcome to my blog.