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Q: Shih-Tzu?

June 30, 2010 | By Naturegirl112106 | 4 answers | Expired: 1538 days ago

Naturegirl112106

I am currently looking to get a shih-tzu puppy and I was hopeing for some advice as to what I should look for when searching for the right puppy for me. I never really noticed the breed until my grandma got one from the pound. I know that shih-tzu's require alot of grooming and that is ok with me. I was wondering what brand of food and treats and how much exercise they require. Any information about anything that will help me choose the right puppy for me and anything that will help me give it the best home for the new member of my family.

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Stephanie  C.
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Jul 09, 2010

http://www.akc. org/breeds/shih_tzu/

Shih Tzus are very common, maybe the most common dog I see around town. You shouldn't have any trouble finding one. They do look like the Lhasa Apso, and also a little bit like a Havanese, although these are larger. Make sure wherever you get one, the people are open and friendly and the dogs are clean and happy. Don't be afraid to ask for references. Also, whenever you see one, ask the owner where they got it. People love to talk about their pets! (dont we?)

Good luck!

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Ches21
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Jul 02, 2010

I suggest adoption instead of purchsing one, also if you adopt you should get an older one puppies always get homes and the older ones always end up having to wait longer. Go on petfinder and I am confident that you will find your dream dog these dogs take alot of work to groom them and be careful if you want a shih ztu there is another dog that looks like this dog but is diffrent called a lasa apso. I am sure there are some shih ztu rescues around the world though. And we don't need any more puppies so please get your dog fixed when you get it.

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Jillian
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Jul 01, 2010

dogbreedinfo.com/shihtzu.htm

about 20-30 minutes of walking a day is usually good for small breeds. if not use to walking daily, they will have to be worked up to this ideal amount. b/c it's summer, be careful not push your new pup on walks. a good note is to turn back right when they begin to slow from a quick strut, even if you have to do a u-turn in the street, just until you know their limits. also play w/your new dog for about 20 minutes later in the day. like, serious play. running and wrestling and all that. also spend time challenging their mind. teach them things! i like to incorporate training and play, get the best of both worlds in one session.
b/c shih tzus are a small breed, be sure to socialize them to everything and take them everywhere so they don't get small dog syndrome. do NOT carry this breed around in your arms or a purse. dogs should walk everywhere, it's in their nature, and when they're being carried, they're being protected from a world that can easily get scary for them. fear leads to anxiety and aggression and these small breeds can be prone to it.

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Mary C.
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Jul 01, 2010

Shih-tzus are a great breed, a hardy breed even for children. Just don't be tempted to buy an Imperial breed. They are bred to be very small and not the standard for the breed which makes it hardy and healthy. The AKC also does not recognize the Imperials. The standard weight should be up to 18 or 20#. Make sure you get a pup with good teeth, they do have a slight underbite which is normal but some have more then that and some also can have double rows of teeth ( I speak from experience, love him just the same but not such a good breeder did he come from) Personality wise, out of this world! They are very expressive, comical and complete love bugs.As for exercise, a good walk every day of course will keep them happy and healthy but they are not high energy dogs, there just happy to be right next to you doing whatever you are doing. They are great watchdogs but can be prone to barking if not corrected right away. Some health issues include slipped discs because of their long backs and cateracts as they age. I feed a grain free diet as I choose to feed closer to the ancestrial diet. Look for any foods with high quality meat based protein in it, fruits, veggies and botanicals (kelp, dandilions..) are a plus. Same with treats, fresh veggies are great too. A great site to help you decide on the right food is dogfoodanalysis.com. It has reviews and ratings on many brands. Good luck in your puppy search :)

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