Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
Posted October 22, 2014
I have a two year old shih tzu in my apartment. She weight about 10 lbs; height 8 inches. She enjoys short daily walks and vigorous indoor play sessions and games. They are very well suited for apartment or condominium dwelling. However, mine shih tzu occasionally loves to play outside, so a small fenced yard is ideal.
She is my first and foremost pet companion. She loves nothing more than being indoors with me. She gets along very well with other neighbor pets. She is outgoing and self-assured, keen and alert. Very docile and quiet, but she also loves to play and always expect to be treated as royalty and is easily spoiled.
She is an active, happy, sturdy, intelligent and affectionate dog. One of Shih tzu most valued characteristics is the eye, which exude warmth and a human-like quality.
I give my Shih Tzu with extensive grooming, brushed daily to prevent knots, tangles, and mats, and bathed her twice a month. I always keep her eyes and ears cleaned as their eyes are particularly sensitive. They are prone to kidney disease and slipping kneecaps. Dental hygiene is crucial to prevent tooth loss. They tend to gain weight easily and must not be overfed.
The Shih Tzu may be difficult to housetrain. The kind of training was given is the crate method works best. Although she is eager to please, and quick to learn.
If you are looking for Shih Tzu puppies for sale from reputable Shih Tzu breeders or to adopt Shih Tzus from a Shih Tzu rescue then make sure you understand as much about the dog breeds you are interested in as you can. Shih-tzus are small sturdy dogs that make wonderful pets. They come in a variety of colors.