What are Shih Tzu?
Shih tzu is a small dog. It is known as the toy dog, because of its small size and sweet temperament. The shih tzus has been bred since ancient times in China. In ancient times, it was used to hunt rats and other vermin that were destroying crops.
Later on, it became a pet for royalty and nobility. Today, the shih tzu’s is one of the most popular dogs in China. It is among of the beautiful dog to own at home and can be easily monitored and the whole family can enjoy the presence of the dog .
What A Shih Tzu Puppy Should Look Like?
A well bred Shih Tzus should look somewhat like this
Sweet and wide eyes that are close set, eyes should always be dark brown almost black.
Muzzle unwrinkled but on the shorter side, nose should be black (or liver in liver ones and blue in blue ones). Slight undershot but when the mouth is closed you shouldn’t be able to see the tongue.
Tail is set high and strongly carried by the dog. Legs straight, elbows close to body, coat is double coated and can be various of different colors.
What Are The Shih Tzu Price?
The price will always differ according to the place where this are sold but there is always a range in the country that this puppy should not exceed a certain amount of money.
How Much Should a Shih Tzu price? Shih Tzus puppies sit in a price range of between $500 and $1,600, with the average price of one of these beautiful dogs being around $850. The most expensive purebred Shih Tzus can cost about $6,000
How To Take Care Of Shih Tzus?
The following are ways of taking care of your puppy to ensure that it leave in a harmony and healthy environment as you’re not enslaving the puppy but enjoying life with it and providing food and the best food are here
1.DAILY WALKS ARE COMPULSORY. I cannot stress this enough. People buy Shih Tzus and never let them go out of their homes. They keep them imprisoned in their apartments and have occasional walks or playtime outside.
But dogs love nature and outdoors so it is absolutely cruel to not let your dog have daily adventures outside. Dogs get really happy outside sniffing about, marking territories, running, chasing kitties and squirrels, barking at birds and generally exploring.
Don’t get a Shih Tzus if you cannot walk him in hail storm sunshine.
2. They have high grooming needs.
Their hair grows faster than Jack’s beanstalk. It also gathers dirt and ticks. They need hair trimming, regular baths, eye and nose hair trimming, eye cleaning, ear cleaning, nail cutting.
They are hypoallergenic and shed way lesser than other dogs. Rest assured, your apartment will not be covered in fur. But it will need to be kept clean since they are small and have access to all nooks and corners of the house.
3.Shih Tzus are stubborn dogs and require daily training and discipline.
Training can be given at home because they don’t take up any space. You can have puppy pads at home where they can pee on throughout the day.
But mind you, mine slyly pees in his elder brother’s room all the time so in case you have another bigger dog then please be careful. Also, they barely require any space to sleep. Tiny beings with big dog personalities.
4.If you live in a hot climate, Shih Tzu needs high air conditioning in summers.
Or else they will get overheated. So basically I freeze throughout the day and night while my Shih Tzu still pants.
I got a high energy Shih Tzus but some are low energy and maybe they have different needs. Each dog is unique with their own needs so you will have to figure out their personalities.
Shih Tzus are way different than other dogs. They are unique and their cuddliness is incomparable with any other dog. I suggest you get a Shih Tzus if you can handle all of the above points I have mentioned.
You can live in a hut but if you can give your dogs a roof and food then they don’t need anything else.
Do remember that a non-shedding breed means that the coat grows long and also replaces itself slowly but constantly, rather than just once or twice a year. Hairs from the undercoat will get trapped in the outercoat instead of falling out, and will form big mats if your not careful.
So you need to plan to groom regularly to keep mats down, or to clip the dog every 4–6 weeks for a lower maintenance “puppy cut” look.
I urge you to consider not going to a breeder (or, God forbid, a pet shop) to get a purebred dog, but try to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group.
Small, cute, healthy low shed dogs do tend to go fairly quickly especially these days when people are still looking for “pandemic pups”), but with a bit of patience and perseverance they should be able to “hook you up” with a dog that has both the physical characteristics and the personality and energy level that makes him or her right for you.
Unless you absolutely must have a puppy for some reason, please consider getting an adult dog you can tell a lot more about their energy level and personality when they’re at least a year old, as well as their appearance (all puppies are cute, some adult dogs are cuter than others).