The good and bad points of having a Shih Tzu as a pet
The Shih Tzu is among the most popular dogs and ranks quite high in ownership according to the American Kennel Club. Even though they are highly rated as adopted or purchased dogs every year, there are some pros and cons to having this particular breed of dog as a pet. Below you will find some of the most important reasons for and against having one of these adorable pets.
A Shih Tzu is a very outgoing pet and is friendly to everyone he comes into contact with. They almost turn inside out when you pay attention to them. This particular breed is also very loyal to its owners and loves to please them. They will also get along with just about any type of animal they come into contact with.
A very good trait that this dog breed possesses is that they do not bark as much as some of the other toy dog breeds. Most other types of toy dogs will bark at everything and everyone, while the Shih Tzu normally only barks when he needs attention or when attention is being given to him.
Another advantage for a Shih Tzu pet is that they will require little exercise. This makes them an especially good pet for someone who is not very active. If you are someone looking for a companion dog and are short on space in your home or apartment, this would be a good breed of dog for you. Aside from walking the dog daily, the dog has little interest in participating in other activities. This is not to say that they don’t enjoy a good game of ball from time to time but that they simply don’t require much more than that.
Because they are not as active as other dogs they will eat less and coupled with the fact that they are generally small and hardy means they generally cost less than other dogs to keep.
A Shih Tzu is going to crave your attention and can become quite jealous of other people and pets. This can become a problem over time and is therefore best enjoyed as a companion for someone who is single or lives alone. If you introduce a puppy to your family at a young age, you are likely to have fewer problems than if you wanted to acquire one at an age of 5 or older.
If you have children and you have an older Shih Tzu, this pet can sometimes be irritable with them. This is especially true when they want to play with them and your pet doesn’t want to be disturbed or the kids play too rough with them. This can be a problem and may be one of the reasons why many elderly people who do not have children around choose them as the ideal pet.
Another thing to consider is that you will need constant grooming of the Shih Tzu. You will find that if the dog is not brushed daily and groomed weekly, your pet’s coat can become matted and knotted. Many owners trim their pets’ fur to make it easier to care for.
Some of the medical problems with Shih Tzus are that they can develop ear infections and eye problems and they can have early tooth loss. They tend to wheeze and snore and may develop breathing problems. These dogs should not be overfed as they gain weight easily.
Although there are several downsides to owning these adorable pooches, I think the upsides far outweigh them. Although they are not the ideal older pet for a young family, this can usually be overcome by getting a puppy and then teaching the children how to treat the pet while also teaching the dog how to interact with its humans. Ask a Shih Tzu owner about their pet and you’ll likely get great reviews and plenty of reasons why you should get one.