Shih Tzu Pets
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  • The only way to avoid that is to cut the hair off, but that can be tricky
  • I only recommend you get a Shih Tzu if you are prepared for a very high maintenance pet that will return your care for it with complete love and devotion to you

    • by Phantascene
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      You’ve no doubt seen them, the little dogs with the long silky fur that flows down around them so they look like a walking dust mop. An imperial air to the way they hold their heads up, hair often lifted up out of their eyes by a bow. Beautiful little lap dogs. The kind of dog you would just love to own.

      Right? Think carefully before you get one. I’ve been around Shih Tzu’s for years (my sister has had one for many many years and last year she gave a puppy to my dad to give my mom for their anniversary), they are very high maintenance dogs. The Shih Tzu does not have normal fur, it’s hair (yes like we have), and


      it is layered.

      There is the top layer that you see flowing down over the dog’s body in all of those beautiful pictures of them, and then there is the undercoat. The two conspire against the groomer (I swear they do), creating massive knots of matted hair. It is recommended that if you want one of these dogs you be prepared to brush it for at least 30 minutes every day to keep the hair from matting.

      The only way to avoid that is to cut the hair off, but that can be tricky. I have not yet found a hair trimmer that works on the fur. No idea why it’s so hard to trim, but I resort to scissors every

      time.

      I would love to have my mom’s Shih Tzu looking like those show Shih Tzu’s, with their long flowing hair and cute little topknots, but it is almost impossible without dedicating all of your time to the dog’s coat. They are also a very energetic breed. They love to race through the house at speeds you would not imagine a dog with such short legs could attain.

      They can learn fast, my mom’s Shih Tzu has mastered sitting up, fetch, and several other tricks. He can tell us in no uncertain terms when his water dish needs to be changed because something got in the water or it’s no longer cool like he likes it. Even with their energy and ease at ...


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      learning tricks, they are NOT a breed to get for a child.

      They have easily injured backs and should not be picked up and packed around like small children like to do with small animals. They are also highly attached to their owners. Whenever my mom leaves the house her little Shih Tzu will go into a sad depression worrying about the fact that she is gone, the depression only breaking when he hears the car return.

      The AKC advises that these dogs can also get destructive when left alone, tearing things such as pillows or whatever else they can get to apart. I only recommend you get a Shih Tzu if you are prepared for a very high maintenance pet that will

      return your care for it with complete love and devotion to you. If you can not keep up with the care they require hair wise, and do not intend to show them, then be prepared to take them to the groomer once a month or trim them yourself.

      Otherwise, a very loyal and loving pet that would make a great companion to someone living alone or a senior looking for a pet to shower with love. (Just don’t surprise someone with them as a gift, make sure the person wants the high maintenance the pet requires then gift them with the dog. ) I give Shih Tzu’s a 5 out of 10 because while they are wonderful companions, they are also very high maintenance and not for just anyone to look at as a potential pet.




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