Admit it, even though our Shih Tzus mean a world to us, there are times when you feel helplessly frustrated with their behaviour or inherent personality trait.
Want to know if such behaviour is common among all Shih Tzus? Read further to find out more.
#1 HEAT IS THEIR TOP ENEMY
Shih Tzu is one indoor dog breed which can’t survive in hot weathers. Their long hair results in them having more body heat and higher temperature as compared to other breeds. This make them very vulnerable to heat strokes during hot summers.
If you reside in a country which is humid or prone to hot summers, unfortunately, outdoor activities have to be kept at a minimum as air-con is a must for them during such periods.
#2 THEY WANT TO BE WITH YOU WHEREVER (AND WHENEVER) YOU GO
Ever wonder why your bed isn’t your bed anymore? Or why there is always a pair of eyes staring at you when you are eating or following you wherever you go?
Bred for companionship, Shih Tzu require very frequent attention from her family. They love being around people and love to stay close to you whenever possible. As such, never ever leave your Shih Tzu alone for longer than 8 hours as some of them will start barking or whining till you are back!
And well, can you ever say no to those cute puppy eyes?
#3 HOUSE TRAINING IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE
Find it tough to potty train your Shih Tzu? Fret not, you are not alone. Shih Tzu is a dog breed which is well known for being very stubborn to train especially when it comes to housebreaking
However, this doesn’t mean that it is impossible to train them. Spending more time daily, being more patience and using treats and praises as positive reinforcement are helpful towards achieving your training goal.
For more details, do check out our article below for 8 essential tips on training your Shih Tzu:
#4 THEY SNORE
Yes, despite their cute and tiny appearance, Shih Tzu do snore and your Shih Tzu is not abnormal so freak not!
Snoring is very common for Shih Tzu and they can snore pretty loudly. Being a brachycephalic breed, their short nose and flat face results in them snorting and snoring.
Besides Shih Tzu, snoring is also common for other brachycephalic dog breeds such as English Bulldogs, Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. Unless your Shih Tzu is displaying other signs of discomfort or illness during snoring, otherwise his snoring is normal. However, it is important to not tie their collar too tightly when they are sleeping so as to allow more space in their airway.