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How To Handle Shih Tzu Dogs

Aug 21, 2008
Shih Tzu dogs are interesting dogs to own and before you invest in a Shih Tzu dog you may want to do a little research into their primary behaviors and characteristics. There is a lot that is unique to Shih Tzu dogs and some of it good while some of it is bad. But just like any other pet, if you really love your dog take the time to get to know your dog and its behavior and habits then you'll both be much happier.

Shih Tzu dogs like it quiet and they do not react well to a lot of noise and a lot commotion. For this reason Shih Tzu dogs are not the best dogs to have around kids. Kids have a tendency to make a lot of noise and if they are young enough they can sometimes make too much noise for the Shih Tzu. One reaction a Shih Tzu has to noise is a nervous biting habit so you may want to talk with your breeder about mixing a Shih Tzu and kids.

Shih Tzu dogs descend from the dogs that were preferred by Chinese royalty and it seems that every generation since the original generation knows that and acts like it. They carry themselves very well, they are very dignified little dogs, but they are also playful and happy dogs when they feel comfortable and at ease. They do not require a lot of exercise but when they get going they certainly do love to play.

As much as they may look like a typical toy breed of dog the Shih Tzu dog is not known to be a vocal or annoying dog. They do not carry on like the other toy breeds do and they are certainly not known as yippy dogs at all.

But they do snort a lot during the regular course of the day and they snore when they sleep so be ready for that. So if you want a toy breed that does not make a lot of barking noise the Shih Tzu may be for you.

A Shih Tzu dog is very much a dog with a mind of its own. They do not take to mindless commands like a more obedient breed of dog would and if they don't want to chase the stick then they are not going to. They are very stubborn and this can be a problem when you are trying to show the dog who is in charge. This can also be a problem when it comes to housebreaking because they can sometimes take months to realize you want them to do their business outside.

With their beautiful long coat that can come in many colors, and their playful disposition, Shih Tzu dogs can be great pets. Just know that they will need regular brushing of that long coat to stay healthy and they do not like being left alone for more than a few hours.

If you are looking for a pet that will love your constant attention and a pet you can shower affection on that will not only appreciate the affection but also return it then you want to think about getting a Shih Tzu.
About the Author
Rebecca Simpson is an avid lover of the Shih Tzu and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Shih Tzu. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Shih Tzu behaviors plus a whole lot more.
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