Shih Tzu Dog Info
Shih Tzu adults can adapt easily to new owners and environments. They mature at the age of three. Shih Tzu can easily gain weight so that the provision of food should be regulated so as not to overdo it. Shih
Tzu can be kept indoors along with other dogs that are sensitive to heat.
- Grooming your Shih TzuThese little dogs require a good daily grooming with a bristle brush. The hair on a Shi-Tzu’s head is usually tied to keep the hair off the dog's eyes. Some Shi-Tzu owners puppy-clip their dog’s hair to make it easier to maintain. Keep the ear passages and the area around the eyes clean. Shih-Tzu's eyes are sensitive, and should be be kept clean. There are special drops you can buy them, if necessary. Ask your vet what to use for your dog. This breed sheds little to no hair and are good for allergy sufferers, though their coats are very well cared for, is the fact that they shed little skin dander.
Shih Tzu Temperament Shih-Tzu is an alert, lively, small dog—happy and hardy, full of character. The gentle loyal Shih-Tzu makes friends easily and responds well to consistent, patient training. They do make a very careful watch dog. A brave and intelligent. Playful and bold, this affectionate little dog loves being with people and is generally good with other domestic animals. Some may be difficult to house break.
Shih Tzu should be taught that all the people of the house are leaders of the pack, reinforcing these rules house constantly. Owners who allow their dogs to win over them can find their Shi-Tzu cantankerous, especially when surprised or angry. The small size of the dogs, their beautiful face, plus human induced behaviors, where the dog believes he is the leader over people, generally lead to the “small dog syndrome.” This causes various degrees of behavioral problems, such as, but not limited to, separation anxiety, guarding, growling, snapping, and even biting.
Shi-Tzu can, at times, be unreliable with children and adults, because they might try to tell people what they want them to do. They can be stubborn when taking a stand and will defend their being top of the pack. They may bark obsessively as they try to say what they want. This behavior is not characteristic Shih Tzu, but the behavior added when they are treated deferentially by the people around them. Give this dog rules and boundaries for what they can and cannot do. Though they tend to be a stable and consistent pack leader, this is not something you’d want your pet to be. Shi-Tzu enjoy daily walks to expend their mental and physical energy. This way, their temperament will be more reliable, and you’ll end up with a sweet dog.