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Bichon Shih Tzu - The New Improved Shih Tzu

Jun 6, 2008
The Bichon Shih Tzu mix is one of the most popular mixed breeds available today. Its small size makes it ideal for city dwellers, and its tendency not to shed means it is the perfect pet for allergy and asthma sufferers.

Your Bichon Shih Tzu mix wants to go everywhere with you. His small size makes him easy to carry in a messenger bag or handbag, and his coat does not shed, so you will save a lot of wear and tear on your furniture and upholstery from not having to constantly remove dog hair. And allergy sufferers in your family will thank you for getting a mixed breed instead of a purebred Shih Tzu.

If you look at Bichon Shih Tzu pictures, you can easily see that the mixed breed's flat facial features come from the Shih Tzu, and the fluffy coat comes from the Bichon Frise.

The Bichon Shih Tzu loves the camera, and if you like digital photography, the hard drive on your computer will soon be full of Bichon Shih Tzu pictures. Be sure to take plenty of shots during each photo session to ensure that you get one or two good portraits of your dog.

Some of the best dog portraits are created when the dog is tired or sleepy, so play with your dog to encourage sleepiness, then grab your camera and start snapping when your dog starts to yawn. Get down to your dog's eye level, even if it means lying on your stomach on the floor. Take a variety of shots of your dog looking at the camera as well as candid shots of the dog at rest or at play.

Some of the most appealing photos are taken when the dog looks directly into the camera. Holding one of your dog's favorite toys or treats behind the camera will encourage your dog to look into the camera lens.

Take your dog to your veterinarian for a complete examination as soon as you get your dog. The vet will diagnose any health conditions, give your dog all the required vaccinations, and set your dog up on a schedule of regular health maintenance so your dog can be the perfect Bichon Shih Tzu picture of health.

Crossing the Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu breeds has eliminated some of the problems typical of each breed. By extending the Shih Tzu's nose, the dog breathes easier, and with the Bichon Frise's tear ducts, there are fewer issues with watery eyes. The Bichon Shih Tzu mix has fewer skin problems than a purebred Bichon Frise.
About the Author
About the author: Rebecca Simpson is an avid lover of the Shih Tzu and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Shih Tzu. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Shih Tzu types plus a whole lot more.
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