Shih Tzu - a Dignified Small Breed

If you’re thinking of getting a Shih Tzu, you’ve opted for a popular but possibly difficult to take care off breed. This particular small dog breed has a strong sense of self, which is one reason it also goes by another name - the Imperial Shih Tzu. As a companion pet, however, it is a superb one.

The tests to restore the original function of different dog breeds

There have been conducted tests for dogs, to check if what they were bred for are the expectations they can live up to. And so there were developed tests for hunting dogs, herding dogs, ground tests for terriers, lure events for sight hounds, water and draft tests, and even stamina tests. Dogs that pass the tests assigned to the breed they belong to were judged adequate to expectations associated with their breed.

These tests of performance, appropriate they may be for some breeds, is not need for the toy dog breed, a breed which has a different set of expectations associated with them. Many toyy dog breeds perform well in the job they are expected to do, namely, be great companions, lively pets, and healthy company.

The Shih Tzu personality - treat it like a king

This breed is often outgoing and friendly, but it’s got a brat persona that wants only to be spoiled. It has a great sense of self, which is probably why many owners notice this breed is not good with other pets and little kids around. But for older kids, especially those who adore combing its long, fine coat, the Shih Tzu is a fine companion.

Because it’s often alert and vigilant, Shih Tzu are actually great watchdogs. If a Shih Tzu is prone to snapping at other people, it may not be of a pure breed or may not have been trained well to avoid excessive barking. A smart dog, the Shih Tzu can be trained, although not as easily as other dogs. You need to be persistent when training it, as it can be stubborn. Be careful with punishing it, since it can shut down and do the opposite of what you want to train it to not do.

A short list of Shih Tzu health problems

Renal dysplasia (a kidney disease), slipped stifles or kneecaps, and large eyes that are prone to injury - that’s a quick glance at the Shih Tzu’s health problems. The muzzle, being short, is also prone to wheezing. The Shih Tzu’s coat, or poor maintenance of it, results in other health problems - the badly maintained coat shows tangles, hot spots, skin infections, painful mats, and (in the worst case) maggot infestation. You need to groom a Shih Tzu every other day, at least. If you can’t do that you need to choose another breed.  

To be sure that the Shih Tzu a breeder may be offering for sale is a genuine one, you need to the check the breeding standard. It’s not surprise that puppy mills abound, what given the popularity of the Imperial Shih Tzu and the demand for both puppies and adults of this breed. You want to get in touch with reputable breeders that are connected with breeding clubs before you seriously consider buying a Shih Tzu.

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