What are the Differences between a Male or Female Shih Tzu Puppy?

When it is about the Shih Tzu, it really does not matter whether you wish to have a male or a female puppy. Ordinarily speaking, many prefer a female of any breed because she is more docile and it is easier for you to train and relate to. However, in the case of the Shih Tzu puppy there is no difference between the male or female Shih Tzu puppy.

The Considerations of Sex and Age

Most people prefer to buy the female because she is easier to handle, sweeter in demeanor and less aggressive. However, with the male Shih Tzu puppy as compared to the female Shih Tzu puppy there is absolutely no differentiation among the types of the dogs. The temperament of both the genders is same, i.e. kind, docile and affectionate. If the Shih Tzu is aggressive, it means it is definitely not pure breed.

Sometimes there are differences, though very rare. You will find it in fact that the females are a bit quarrelsome when they come into heat, and the problems will usually start with and around food. This is why it is advisable to have the Shih Tzu puppy (female or male) neutered or spayed early in its puppy-hood. This tips the scales towards the male.

There is another point which is pro male Shih Tzu puppies, i.e. that when they grow up their coat will not shed as much as that of the female Shih Tzu puppy’s would. This is because the coat of the female dog would shed according to heat seasons, which involves hormonal changes in the body, while the males are spared of it.

It has also been observed that the males, in their anxiety to mark their territory will be easier to housetrain than the females, since the male Shih Tzu puppy would rather go out and mark its territory than eliminate their precious liquid inside. The female Shih Tzu puppy feeling no such compulsion, go for it anywhere at all. Hence, it looks like the scales are slightly tipped towards having a male Shih Tzu puppy rather than a female. However, the differences are indeed minimal and you will find that people are extremely happy with the Shih Tzu puppy, without regard to its sex.

For best results the puppy should be removed from its mother not before it is 12 weeks old or it will be too weak and have problems of health and adjustment. Another point that you should consider before adopting a male or female Shih Tzu puppy, is that there are a number of abandoned Shih Tzu dogs who are languishing in rescue homes, (or are even with the breeder) waiting for a home and someone who can love them. Would not you rather adopt a fully-grown dog, and give him a second lease of life?

After you have decided whether you want to buy a new puppy or rescue one, you need to brainstorm some Shih Tzu puppy names, so that you are absolutely ready for your new arrival.

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