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Spotlight: Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus make great pets

When looking for the perfect new addition to your home, you may have considered a Shih Tzu. Cute, cuddly and loveable, Shih Tzus make great pets. In this post we’ll shine a light on this adorable breed of dog and why they might be the perfect addition to your household.

Also, check out our previous article “What You Should Know When Choosing a Dog.” In it we provide great tips on choosing your new best friend and offer guidance for finding the right dog for you.

Why We Love Shih Tzu’s

They’re small - Shih Tzu’s are wonderful companions that love being close to their humans all day long. They’re small dogs, usually weighing around 16 lbs. This makes them a great companion for cuddling on the couch or coming with you as you do your daily errands.

They’re calm - If you’re an older adult or have calm and relaxed children in the home, they might be a good match for you. Shih Tzus don’t need a lot of activity and are often quite content to go for short walks or play sessions. They’re also great for people with limited mobility.

They’re stylish – style might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re picking a dog, but it certainly is something Shih Tzus have. Their coats grow beautifully and are soft and straight. It can easily be styled and pinned with cute clips or bows. They do require regular grooming to keep their coats healthy, so you should keep this in mind. 

They love you – this might just be the number one reason why Shih Tzus make great pets. Above everything else these dogs are affectionate and want to spend all of their time with you. They miss you when you’re gone and are always happy to see you when you come home. Though they may still bark like many dogs do when they meet new people, they’ll generally love your friends too. Shih Tzus have lots of love to share which is why they're extra special to those who own them.

Shih Tzus have lots of love

Are Shih Tzus Easy to Train?

If you think a Shih Tzu might be the perfect dog for you, you may now be wondering what comes next? If you’re feeling stuck on how to house train a Shih Tzu or how to train a Shih Tzu to sit, don’t worry, you’re not alone. As loving as these dogs are, they are known for being stubborn. Consider hiring outside help to get you off to a great start when bringing home your new best friend if you’re unsure about training them by yourself.

For more great tips on raising and caring for your pet see our Pawpular Reads. At PawPad® Company Inc., we are always adding helpful information to help make life with your pet easier.

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