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Bringing Your Shih Tzu Home

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The day has arrived and you rush out to the Shih Tzu breeder and all the little puppies that you visited only a few weeks before. You have your house all ready for your puppy and you can’t wait to name him or her and get to the more important things, such as
cuddling with your new sweetheart.

But like everything involved with dog ownership, bringing the puppy home is an important step and one that you should do properly. The way you bring your puppy home can greatly affect the start of your bond with that puppy and your overall happiness throughout your Shih Tzu’s life.

First and foremost, you should never bring a Shih Tzu puppy home before the age of 7 to 8 weeks and it should be closer to 8 weeks. If the breeder is letting the puppy go home at 6 weeks of age or earlier, then this is not the puppy or the breeder that you want. Many important milestones are reached in these 8 weeks and they are milestones that need to be reached with their dam and littermates.

When your Shih Tzu puppy is 8 weeks old, you will have the all clear to bring him home. On the day you bring him home, make sure you plan for a straight to and from. You pick up the puppy, and then bring him home. Remember that this is going to be a scary time for your Shih Tzu puppy and it is not good for him to go to several places. Also, health wise, he should never be taken to a place where he could meet other dogs and pets since this could open him up to diseases.

It is very important that when you do bring your puppy home that you make it as relaxing as possible. If you can, leave your children at home. I know that they are excited about the puppy too but they can be overly excited and it can cause some stress for the puppy.

Make sure that you bring a carrier for your puppy for the best safety and secure him in the crate with a warm blanket that you rubbed down on his mother. During the drive, don’t pet or pester the puppy and just keep the environment as calm and relaxing as possible.

Once you arrive home with your puppy, you are going to need to do a few things. First, take your puppy outside to go to the bathroom. Many puppies feel the need to defecate after the first car ride and taking the puppy out first can ensure that he starts out on the right foot.

Next, bring him into the house and take him directly to his ‘space’, this is the bed or crate that your dog will be sleeping in. Don’t introduce your children or any other pets to your puppy right now but leave him alone to explore or even to just sleep.

Keep a close eye on your puppy and whenever he wakes up, you need to take him outside right away since it is never too early to start housetraining your dog.

Once he is a bit more relaxed, you can finally take the time to introduce your puppy to both your children and the rest of the household in a calm and relaxed manner, which I go over later in this section.

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Preparing your Home for your Shih Tzu Puppy

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Before you can actually bring your Shih Tzu puppy home, you will need to prepare your home for it.  I’m sure that you already know that your children will need to be prepared but there are a few other things that you should consider in the preparation of your home.

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Puppy Proofing:

Many people don’t think about puppy proofing but you should consider it since this can save you a lot of money in the long run.  Look around your home and look for potential risks that your puppy could come into contact with.

Pick up plants that may be chewed and ingested, items that can be destroyed by little puppy teeth and close off areas where you puppy could get hurt. In addition, purchase a few baby gates and place them at the top and bottom of stairs so you don’t have to worry about your puppy falling down them.

His Space:

Regardless of whether you are going to crate train or not, your puppy should have a space.  This is the bed where he sleeps at night or the place where he stays during the day.

Set up a nice comfy place to sleep and a place for him to relieve his bladder if he can’t get outside.  Shih Tzu can be trained to the kitty litter so you may want to consider that when you are setting up the room.


Lastly, set up your feeding.  This means buying food dishes and also purchasing the food your breeder has been using before hand.  This saves you from having to run out and buy it when you first bring your puppy home.

After you have your house prepared for puppy, you can bring him home.  In the resource section, I have provided you with a shopping list for what to buy your puppy before he comes home.

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Separating the Pack: 5 Tips on Choosing a Shih Tzu Puppy

Friday, May 21st, 2010
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A shih tzu dog

You have the breeder, you know the dog that you want to purchase a puppy from, and you find yourself staring at a pack of five little hairballs that are all vying for your attention at once. It can be difficult to find the puppy you want and it can be a little scary if you are constantly wondering if there was a puppy there that got away.

While I can’t help you with the worry, I can give you some advice in finding the perfect Shih Tzu puppy for your family. Regardless of what other people say, it is not some arcane ritual where you stand in a room full of Shih Tzu puppies and your soul mate will run up to you. If that was the case, I would have hundreds of soul mate puppies and my house would be filled with more Shih Tzu love than I knew what to do with.

Instead of letting a puppy choose you, stop and actually look at the litter and try to spend some
time simply observing them from a distance. This will give you the opportunity to really see the type of Shih Tzu you will be getting.

Don’t choose on color or sex.

While most people have a preference when they enter a breeder’s house, if you are choosing for a
pet instead of for breeding or show, then don’t limit yourself with the sex. I remember being adamant that I wanted a male once but the moment I walked through the door, I found the
most amazing female and I ended up bringing home a little girl instead of a boy. Thankfully, I hadn’t decorated for the boy.

The same can be said about color. Don’t be hung up about a color. While it would be wonderful to have the exact color you wanted, you may find that another puppy, in a different color has the build, head and attitude that you were looking for.

Look at the shape and gait.

While the Shih Tzu is known as a breed that changes in appearance throughout their life, you can see the overall shape of the dog in the puppy. Does the shape meet the breed standard, is there something off about the head, the length or the balance of the dog. If there is, then look at the next puppy, unless you don’t mind those things and are purchasing purely for pet purposes.

In addition, you can pay attention to the gait. They will still have a puppy gait but you can start to see some flow as the puppy races around the room.

Look at the health of the puppies.

This is something I recommend that you do multiple times during your visit and also when you pick up. Make sure the eyes are bright, the nose is moist and the Shih Tzu puppy is not lethargic. When you have narrowed your selection down, repeat the assessment to ensure you are purchasing a healthy puppy.

Watch how they interact with each other.

Boy, can you learn many things about a puppy simply by watching him interact with his siblings. Even in young puppies, there are is a hierarchy and you can choose your Shih Tzu puppy according to that.

If a puppy is overly aggressive, you may want to choose a different puppy, especially if you have children. In addition, the meek puppy, or one that is the lowest on the hierarchy may not be the best choice either because it could mean some problems later in life such as anxiety in your dog.

Take the advice of the breeder.

In the end, take the advice of the breeder because this is the person who has spent the most amount of time with the puppies. She will know which one is the dominant, which one is a bit shy and which one is the adventurer. She will also have a better idea of the breed standard and seeing the potential in a puppy.

With her advice, and your own observations, you can find the perfect puppy and be happy with your selection.

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Finding a Reputable Shih Tzu Breeder

Friday, May 21st, 2010

If you have decided to purchase a Shih Tzu puppy, or adult, from a breeder, you will have a little work to do in finding the perfect breeder for you. As surprising as it may be, the hunt for a perfect Shih Tzu isn’t in finding the right dog but in finding the right breeder. If you can do that, then it can be very easy to find the puppy for you.

But how do you find a Shih Tzu breeder? If you have ever ‘Googled’ that term, then you are well aware of there being hundreds of breeders and even more Shih Tzu for sale. It can be very difficult to find the breeder that is right for you but the very first place I would recommend starting at is a breed club. There are several breed clubs in the United States and Canada and I have provided links in the resources section at the end of this

From the Shih Tzu clubs, you can find breeders in your area and start calling, emailing and visiting the websites of the breeders. One important point before you choose a breeder is to find one that is close to home. Don’t find a breeder that you can’t travel to since it is important to see the kennel. Many reputable breeders will ship puppies but I personally feel that my first purchase from a breeder should be in person.

The only time I will ship a puppy I have purchased is if I have a long history with the breeder and know them personally through dog shows because I feel that seeing the environment is an integral part of responsibly purchasing a Shih Tzu puppy.

But before you pick up your puppy, you are going to need to search for a breeder. To do this, I always recommend following the A, B, and C’s of finding a breeder. These are:

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A: Make a short list of breeders

To get to this point, you have already found breeders within a travel distance to you. It is important to note that when I mention travel distance that it can be much farther than a 5-minute drive. I have driven 7 hours one way to pick up a Shih Tzu puppy so if you don’t mind the travel time, don’t discount an overnight trip.

These are breeders that you like for some reason or other. It could be that you liked several of their dogs, you liked what the breeder was saying on their site, or you have heard good things about these breeders.

Once you have your short list, try to find things out about them. You can Google them, ask other Shih Tzu owners where they found their puppies and visit Shih Tzu forums. In addition, you can go to dog shows and get to know the breeders there. (A word of caution about dog shows. Breeders are working here so make a brief contact and ask if there is a good time to chat over the weekend or if you can call them. Don’t expect your questions to be answered right then and there.)

B: Make contact

If you have made contact at the dog show, that is great, but usually you will need to email or call them to find out about their dogs. First and foremost, never make that first contact about buying a Shih Tzu. Yes, I know, that is the goal, but if a breeder is only about selling, then you may want to find a different breeder.

Instead, let the breeder know that you want to purchase, eventually, but right now, you are trying to find the best breeder to provide you with a puppy. Let them know what you are looking for in a puppy, if you are planning to breed or if you want to show your dog.

Although breeders are busy people, the good ones are always willing to chat about their dogs and are more than happy to build a relationship with their potential puppy people because this gives them a better idea of what type of owner you will be.

C: Plan a visit

The visit is very important when you are looking for a puppy and you should make it clear that you don’t want to purchase a puppy when you have your first visit. This is just a visit to see the kennel and to make sure that it is clean. Also, check the dogs, how many they have, where they are kept and if any of them are sick.

In addition, if you see a number of litters on the ground at one time, ask about it. Sometimes a breeder will end up having a number of litters simply because the heats worked out that way but if you find that they have 4 or 5 litters available at a time, especially if it is several times a year, then they are more than likely breeding for quantity and not quality.

When you are planning your visit, it may be better to plan when a potential litter is on the ground (being raised) and you may purchase from it. Go when the puppies are around 4 or 5 weeks and if you find anything that you don’t like, don’t purchase a puppy in the end, no matter how cute those Shih Tzu puppies are (and trust me, they will be very cute).

In the end, when you are looking for a breeder, you should make sure that you always go with your gut instinct. If you don’t feel comfortable with the breeder, then this is not the person to buy from. If you see anything that makes you hesitate, then this is not the breeder to buy from. Don’t feel pressured or obligated to purchase, even after you took up some of their time.

If you see any of the following, then it is recommended that you don’t purchase from the

They don’t ask questions.

I know this can seem like a strange thing to say but if a breeder doesn’t ask you things, then you probably shouldn’t purchase from them. I remember purchasing my first Shih Tzu and feeling like I was in the inquisition from the number of questions I was asked but it proved to me that the breeder was picky about who they sold to and wanted the best for their dogs.

If your breeder doesn’t ask you questions like the following, then it may be better to find a different buyer.

Questions your breeder should ask are:

  • Do you have experience or knowledge about the Shih Tzu?
  • Do you rent or own?
  • Do you have a fenced yard?
  • Will the Shih Tzu be kept inside?
  • Do you work long hours?
  • Do you have children and, if so, how old are they?
  • Do you have other pets? If so, what types and how old?
  • Are you aware of the special needs a Shih Tzu can have, particularly in regards to grooming?

The Shih Tzu breeder may have several other questions but be prepared to answer your fair share of them.

The kennel is very dirty.

When I say kennel, I am referring to the whole house and the area where the dogs are. Shih Tzu are companion dogs so I feel that the best place for them is in the home. They shouldn’t be kept outside or in cages so if you see that, find a different breeder.

If the environment where the puppies are reared is dirty, then there may be some underlying health problems because of an improper start so be aware of the environment. When I have puppies on the ground, I usually do a full clean up twice a day and random clean ups every few hours. This keeps the puppies dry, clean and the smell down to a minimum.
The dogs appear sick.

If any of the dogs, even the other adults the breeder has appear to be sick or lethargic, then this is not the breeder for you. Occasionally dogs do get sick but if the breeder is trying to hide it or the entire kennel seems to be of ill health, then it is important to find a different breeding.

One thing I should point out is that a nursing female does not always look at the top of her game. Her coat can be dull, or she may look a little worse for wear and this can be perfectly normal. I have seen dogs, with the same prenatal care react quite differently after whelping a litter. One will shine and look like the best little mommy and the other will look like a mom that has had enough and doesn’t have any energy to give.

That being said, a female should never look like she has one leg in the grave after whelping and should still have her usual zest that is common in the Shih Tzu breed.

There are no records.

If the breeder doesn’t have records for past litters, the overall health of their dogs or even the pedigrees, then it is best to look for a different breeder. While it may just be a case of them being unorganized, my feeling is that if they can’t be organized in their records, then what else is affected by this.

If you follow these few rules, you should be able to find the perfect breeder and when you do, don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as they do. In the resources section at the back of this book, I have provided you with a questionnaire to ask any potential breeder.

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Rescue or Breeder? Where to find the right Shih Tzu

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The very first dog I ever owned wasn’t a Shih Tzu and it wasn’t a dog that I purchased from a breeder. Actually, it was a rescue dog and while I didn’t know where she had spent her life, it was clear that she was a purebred.

I want to start with that thought before I go into whether you should purchase from a breeder or adopt from a shelter and that is simply, ‘You can find a purebred Shih Tzu at a rescue.’

Many people, when they are deciding on where to find a Shih Tzu often rule out rescues because they want a purebred dog or they want a puppy. Many are unaware that when it comes to both, a rescue often has several purebred Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu puppies.

Therefore, with both rescues and breeders offering what people are looking for in a Shih Tzu, we can start out on an equal footing as I go over the pros and cons of both.

The Pros and Cons of a Rescue:

When it comes to purchasing a rescue dog, I would recommend purchasing from a breed specific rescue and not from a shelter. This is not to say that a shelter isn’t the best place to find a Shih Tzu but there are many rescues for Shih Tzu that are designed in finding them in shelters and finding new homes for them.

Most rescues will screen dogs and may notice some breed specific health issues that a shelter didn’t notice. In addition, many breed specific rescues make it a top priority to save dogs from kill shelters. This alone can be a large pro of rescuing a Shih Tzu or Shih Tzu puppy from a rescue.

Other pros are:

  • You are taking in a Shih Tzu that needs a loving home. Let’s face it, not all rescues are easily placed and the simple act of rescuing can provide a wonderful dog with an equally wonderful life.
  • You can start with a full-grown Shih Tzu. This can be a positive for many potential owners and you can get past the puppy stage.
  • You are more aware of health issues. While some health issues may not have been assessed, most rescued dogs are screened and you are usually aware of the problems before you adopt.
  • They are usually spayed or neutered. This is a big plus for many pet owners and even if you adopt a Shih Tzu puppy, many rescues give a spaying certificate whether you receive a free spay at the specific time or you receive a rebate for the cost of spaying. However, I should point out that this is not the case for all rescues so check what the practice is at your rescue.
  • The price is usually lower. Another benefit of adopting a rescued Shih Tzu is that many times the price is much lower.
  • The bonding experience. While this is usually a given, Iwant to stress this because many people feel that there is no opportunity to bond with a rescued pet. Many times, the bond can be much stronger between owner and their rescue and many rescued dog are usually very eager to please.

Although there are many benefits, there are also a number of cons and it is important that you consider this as well.

One of the biggest cons about adopting a rescued Shih Tzu is the simple fact that there is rarely a history behind the dog. This means that you have no way of knowing what type of pedigree the dog comes from, if the parents had major health issues, or even how it was cared for as a puppy.

Other cons are:

  • Many are not properly trained. This doesn’t mean that they can’t be trained but many times dogs are released to a rescue because of bad behaviors through improper training. Make sure you are aware that even with an older dog; you may have your work cut out for you.
  • There are emotional upsets. There is very little doubt that most rescues have had some unhappy elements in their life and it may come out in temperament and personality. Even if it doesn’t, it can be quite difficult to gain a rescued ShihTzu trust and to work through any of the emotional upsets he has.
  • There is no guarantee. Many breeders offer guarantees on their puppies but with a Shih Tzu from a rescue, there is no guarantee for the dog’s health.
  • You can’t breed with a rescue. If you are interested in breeding and showing, then this isn’t the place to find a dog. For one, many of the dogs are not show quality and even if you find one that is, they are usually spayed or neutered and most rescues have strict rules concerning this.

You can find more information on National Shih Tzu rescues in the appendix at the end of this book.

The Pros and Cons of a Breeder:
Like the rescue, there are a number of pros and cons and you may find that a breeder is not what you are looking for. I recommend to everyone that if they are going to purchase from a breeder, they should make sure that they purchase from a responsible breeder that does proper health checks and limits the number of litters they produce in a year.

When it comes to purchasing from a breeder, one of the biggest pros is knowing the history of your dog. My first Shih Tzu could trace his pedigree back 5 generations, and that was just from the pedigree the breeder gave me. From there, I was able to go back several more generations and I was able to see how often inbreeding occurred in the line.

Knowing where a dog comes from is a great way to know if the dog you have is quality or not and with a little leg work, you can find out if the dogs in your Shih Tzu’s pedigree suffered from any problems, or even if their puppies did.

Other pros of purchasing from a breeder are:

  • You can get to know the breeder. This is a huge benefit when it comes to owning a purebred Shih Tzu since many breeders are more than happy to talk with you about their dogs. Knowing the breeder enables you to know where you puppy comes from.
  • Health Checks and Certificates: Generally, respectable breeders do not breed without having health clearances done on their dogs. This gives you a bit more peace of mind when it comes to the health of your puppy.
  • They come with a guarantee. This is one of the biggest reasons why a breeder is a good choice because your puppy comes with a guarantee. This means that if he becomes sick for some reason during the first year and it is linked to an inherent illness, then the breeder will help cover the vet costs of the dog. Remember that all breeders have different guarantees so be sure to find out what it covers before you purchase.
  • You can return the dog. Most respectable breeders prefer to find a forever home for their puppies but they do realize that sometimes things can happen. Because of this, most breeders are more than happy to take the puppy back and find a new home for him.

Although there are a number of pros about purchasing from a breeder, there are also a number of cons and it is a matter of preference as to whether you want to choose a breeder or not.

Generally, one of the biggest cons of purchasing from a breeder is simply the cost. Purebred, registered puppies often cost a lot more than a dog that you adopt from a shelter and it is not uncommon for you to find a Shih Tzu puppy from champion lines costing upwards of $2000.

Other cons of purchasing from a breeder are:

The waiting time. When you go with a respectable breeder, you will usually hear the phrase, ‘quality vs. quantity’ and this means that there are fewer litters during the year. In addition, there is often a large waiting list and you can end up waiting a fair amount of time before you get the Shih Tzu puppy of your dreams.

Strict rules on your Shih Tzu. Many Shih Tzu puppies are sold on a non-breeding contract and if you are interested in breeding, it can be difficult to find a breeder that will allow you to do so with their dogs. If you do, there are usually strict rules about having to show prior to breeding and having to obtain all clearances as well.

While there are several other ways to find a Shih Tzu puppy, these are the two most common ways and both offer you a wide variety of pros as well as cons.

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Choosing the right Shih Tzu

Friday, May 21st, 2010

After you are finished crunching all the numbers and learning everything you can about a breed, you are left with one decision, and that is whether or not you are going to purchase a Shih Tzu puppy. Sure, there are always reasons not to but in the end, it is a gut decision and the facts are not going to make a difference either way.

While purchasing a Shih Tzu can be very easy, there are a few things that I should cover before you find that perfect pooch and this is simply in finding both the right breeder, or rescue and also in finding the best puppy in the litter.

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Cuddles for Pennies: The True Cost of a Shih Tzu

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

As I have mentioned earlier in this section, Shih Tzu puppies cost money. It isn’t that you can’t find a puppy for a good price, or even that the cost isn’t worth it, but if you are serious about owning a puppy, you should be aware of how much you will be spending on it.

First and foremost, is the cost of the Shih Tzu. This is going to be the big lump sum that you will experience before you even get your Shih Tzu home. It is important to realize that the cost of the Shih Tzu will vary depending on where you live, if the dog is registered and if the dog is for breeding or for pet purposes only. Also, rate will vary depending on the breeder.

While I have my own price for Shih Tzu puppies, I have seen them in price from $250 – unregistered up to $2500 – registered. Generally, the average price that a registered Shih Tzu puppy costs is around the $600 to $900 range, with a few going above $1200.

Although it may seem better to go with an unregistered puppy, it may not be since the puppy could be from a puppy mill or an unethical breeder. Regardless of the price, it is important to really know your breeder and visit the kennel before you make a choice and put out that money, but I will get to that in the next section.

After the puppy is purchased, you will need to buy a whole list of items for your puppy from leashes to food and the cost does add up. I have provided you with a chart belowto show you the cost of owning a Shih Tzu puppy, and this is just in the first year.

As you can see from the chart, there is a lot of money that you can spend on a dog and on average, even without the initial cost of a dog, you can spend thousands, just in the first year of the dog.

The total cost of your Shih Tzu’s first year can range from $876 to $1815 or even $4315 if there was a major vet emergency. Most of these expenses are when you first bring your puppy home. So, before you purchase your Shih Tzu puppy, make sure that you have the funds to provide him or her with the best start possible.

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Shih Tzu and Children

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Shih Tzu and children. If you were ever to read another book on Shih Tzu, you would probably hear words like ‘not a good match’ when it comes to Shih Tzu and children living under the same house.

While there are a number of factors that need to be considered, Shih Tzu can actually do very well with children of all ages. In fact, the playful and gentle Shih Tzu is almost a perfect match for children and it is really in how you bring the Shih Tzu into your home.

First, Shih Tzu, no matter the age, should never be left unattended with a child. As puppies, they are very delicate and can be injured very easily. As adults, they can become snappy if a child mishandles them.

Second, a dog and child should both be given clear rules as to how they interact with each other. Children should be taught at an early age to sit calmly with a dog and to never pull on the dog’s tail or feet. In addition, they shouldn’t jump around the dog or throw the dog and holding should only be done with a parent close by.

The Shih Tzu puppy will need to be taught that biting, mouthing and barking at a child is not appropriate and that play should be gentle.

If you don’t have any children, it is important to socialize your Shih Tzu puppy because many of the problems for Shih Tzu and children is usually caused by an older, improperly socialized Shih Tzu being introduced to a young child that cries, moves and makes too much noise for even their patient heart.

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Shih Tzu Health Problems

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

And now for the ugly; the health problems. Like all breeds, whether they are purebred or mixed breed, the Shih Tzu does suffer from a number of serious health concerns. Many of these problems are in regards to their eyes but there are other diseases that affect the breed as well.

I will go into each health concern in detail in section 7 but for now, I will list the diseases that affect the Shih Tzu breed.

Skin and Ear Problems:

  • Allergies
  • Ear Infections

Joint and bone Problems:

  • Patellar Luxation

  • Canine Hip Dysplasia or

Organ and other Problems:

  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Juvenile Renal Dysplasia
  • Bladder Stones
  • Retained Baby Teeth
  • Portosystemic Liver Shunt
  • Reverse Sneezing

Eye Problems:

  • Proptosis
  • Progressive Retinal Dysplasia
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca or Dry Eye
  • Keratitis
  • Distichiasis

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5 Reasons Why your Shih Tzu will Frustrate You

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Choosing a dog breed can be almost as difficult as choosing a dog but if you know exactly what the good and the bad are with a breed, then you are more likely to know if the breed is the one for you.

While I love Shih Tzu, I know that they are not for everyone. In fact, there are several negative traits that makes the Shih Tzu the wrong choice for some people and it is important that you really understand the cons more than you understand the pros.

One: Oh, that coat!

The coat is one of the biggest cons that a Shih Tzu has and a person should really take this into account even if they plan on keeping the coat short. Generally, expect to groom your dog and their coat on a daily basis and also expect to trim the coat every few weeks to keep it short.

Usually, most people opt to have the coat trimmed at a groomers and if this is the case, then it is important to be aware of the cost of grooming your Shih Tzu on a regular basis.

Two: Bladder Problems

While not all Shih Tzu have this problem, some of them have small bladders and will have accidents in the house. For this reason, housetraining can be difficult and even after housetraining; some Shih Tzu will urinate when they are excited.

Three: Three degrees of Separation

No, it’s not a fun game but it is, in fact, separation anxiety and Shih Tzu can suffer from it significantly. This means that whenever you go out without your cherished canine companion, they will begin barking, chewing and a number of other behaviors that aren’t good for anyone. While training can curb this, it is important to be aware of this problem in the breed.

Four: Small dogs with big attitudes

Again, this is something that can be overcome with proper training but many Shih Tzu can suffer from small dog syndrome. This means that a dog is treated differently than a large dog would and they are carried and pampered. This leads to many negative behaviors such as biting and other aggression.

Five: To do or not to do

The last point that I will mention is that Shih Tzu can be very stubborn dogs. They are not eager to please and while they are happiest when you are happy, if they are told to do something they don’t want to do, they won’t do it.

Be aware of this when you are purchasing a Shih Tzu because it can be surprising how far that stubbornness can go.

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