How to Adopt a Shih Tzu

Want to adopt a Shih Tzu? Before you decide on a Shih Tzu adoption, you should learn about the dog's characteristics, so you can decide if this breed fits your family, home size and lifestyle. You want to provide the best home and the healthiest lifestyle for whatever animal you adopt. Knowing the facts about Shih Tzu adoptions will help you make a good choice for you, your family and the dog.

Breed information
The Shih Tzu was bred in Tibet and China, where they were prized as royal pets. They are small with long coats. Shih Tzus are lively and friendly in general. They are friendly with older kids and will get along with other animals; however, Shih Tzus can be very high-strung, so they're not the best dog to own if you have small children.

Shih Tzus are loyal to their owners, but they do need attention. If left alone for a long time, Shih Tzus may become destructive. They are sometimes stubborn, so consistency and patience is required for training. They do not react to punishment well, so obedience training will need to focus on a reward system rather than negative reinfrocement. 

Care for a Shih Tzu
The coat of a Shih Tzu is long, needing daily brushing. Otherwise, it will become tangled, matted and knotty. Their coats do not shed much, and do not cause allergies. 

It is important to make sure the dog gets proper dental care, regular exercise and attention. Do not overfeed a Shih Tzu, as they will easily become overweight, which is unhealthy. This breed is susceptible to kidney disease and knee problems. Monthly bathing is advised, and careful cleaning of the eyes and ears is necessary.

Is a Shih Tzu for you?
If you live in a smaller home, such as apartment or condo, a Shih Tzu could be ideal. These small dogs will be quite happy in a smaller space.  You need to be sure to have the time to give your dog regular exercise and attention, and to brush him every day.

You may need to spend extra time house training a Shih Tzu, as their stubborn personality can get in the way. Shih Tzus can be crate trained easily, but you'll need to spend quality time with the dog when you get home. 

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