Things To Check Before Buying Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale
Shih Tzus are one of the few breeds that were bred solely for companionship. Their name literally translates to “little lion” but in actuality, they are nothing like lions. These happy, affectionate dogs are more lovers than hunters and make very good house pets. There are certain things to check out before buying Shih Tzu puppies for sale, though, and these are as follows:
Shih Tzus are small companion dogs that grow up to be at most 10.5 inches tall and may weigh anywhere from 9 to 16 pounds. They have short faces and long, silky coats that demand daily brushing if you want to keep them straight. They are very hairy, sometimes even growing hair in their ear canals, thus needing some plucking. For these reasons, Shih Tzu owners would do well to have a reliable groomer on call.
Shih Tzus are double-coated, with the undercoat being wooly and insulating. They come in many colors, including black, red and white, gray and white, or black and white.
Shih Tzus may look proud and arrogant on the outside but they are actually very sweet and happy dogs. They love human attention and enjoy cuddling and snuggling with humans or soft pillows. They are quieter and easier to handle than other toy breeds, and their idea of exercise is simply playing in the yard. They can also be trained to be polite with strangers.
On the other hand, Shih Tzus can be stubborn at times, having their own likes and dislikes. There may be times when they will not obey you just because they don’t feel like it or if you’ve hurt them in some way. Don’t worry, though, because these little critters can forgive you easily.
One very interesting yet gross fact about Shih Tzus is that they like eating feces, whether it’s their own or not. It is therefore important to train them as early as possible to prevent this unhygienic habit. When training, Shih Tzus thrive on consistency, food rewards and praise. Other types of training may not work. However, though they may do well in some parts of training, they are exceptionally difficult to housebreak.
3. Interaction With Children and Other Pets
Shih Tzus can generally be trusted with children but they may not be the best choice if you have toddlers or small children. Shih Tzus are very small and the rowdiness of small children may unintentionally hurt them.
Because of their affectionate nature, Shih Tzus can get along well with other pets.
4. Health and Lifespan
Shih Tzus can live up to as long as 16 years but their short faces give them a number of different health problems. For example, because their noses can’t efficiently cool the air going to their lungs, they are prone to getting heat strokes. This is why Shih Tzus are best kept indoors and in colder places. Other health conditions that Shih Tzus may encounter include allergies, hip and juvenile renal dysplasia, dislocation of the kneecaps, bladder problems, eye and ear problems, dental problems, hernia, liver problems, snuffles, and reverse sneezing.