Saturday, February 13, 2016
Shih Tzus are also known as the Chrysanthemun dog. They are a "toy dog breed" that has very long silky hair. The average shih tzu weighs 8.8- 16 lbs. They most common colors are "black, dark brown, gold, liver & white, light brown, black & white, liver or white". There are definitely pros and cons to owning a shih tzu. Some pros are that they are very playful, outgoing, alert, gentle, loyal, and they're very adaptable to new places. They're good with kids and for the most part they're good with other dogs as well. Shih tzus tend to jump onto and off of beds, chairs, couches and other things that are way too tall for their size and it sometimes results in injury because they are front heavy so they end up landing on their face. Some cons about this dog are the grooming requirements. Even though most dogs can go several weeks without bathing, shih tzus must be bathed almost once a week. If you would like to keep their long silky hair neat, that requires daily brushing and sometimes more often than that. If you don't want to mess with the long hair and want to keep it short, plan on having appointments to the groomer every 6-8 weeks. Their nails should be trimmed monthly and their ears should be cleaned once a week. As they age their face needs daily attention. They get dirty after eating and their eyes tear up more than most dog breeds. If not taken care of every day, it can cause the dog to have terrible odor and lots of crust around their eyes. If you don't mind all the grooming txt comes with this dog, they are a great, fun breed to have.