Shih Tzu is one of the most popular breeds of toy dogs worldwide. According to the American Kennel Club, it is one of the top breeds of dogs with a high number of ownership in the US. You may be wondering what makes them so popular. Here are five reasons why they are popular and why you should get a Shih Tzu as pet:
1. Sociable and friendly
Shih Tzus are generally sociable, friendly and outgoing animals. They can easily get along with other humans and house pets. If trained to socialize while still young, they can grow into well-behaved dogs especially in public. You can also confidently bring them outdoors without the fear of them hurting others especially children. Compared to other toy dogs, they also don’t bark much. Most toy dogs bark at everyone and everything but Shih Tzus normally just bark only when needing attention.
2. Requires little exercise
Shih Tzus are ideal for people who are not very active as they only require little exercise. You could take them for a walk for at least 15 minutes and that is already adequate for their exercise needs. Aside from walking, they have little interest in other physical activities. But of course, they will enjoy a ball game from time to time. Because they are not very active dogs, they also eat less. It could mean that they are less costly to have as pet.
3. Good temperament
Shih Tzus have a happy, affectionate, trusting and friendly temperament. They are sweet-natured, less yappy and less demanding than most toy breeds. They enjoy playing and being cuddled on the lap or in soft pillows. They are naturally obedient dogs that like to please their owners. Because of their good temperament, they don’t often get into trouble. They are also well-suited for large or small families and even for elderly people. They are also very flexible as they can live in big homes or in apartment houses.
4. No serious health issues
Aside from hip dysplasia and dental problems, there is no known serious health problem associated with Shih Tzus as a result of their breed. However, they are at risk of becoming obese because of their inactive lifestyle. But with a balanced diet and a little exercise, you can keep your pet in good health. To ensure that you have a healthy dog, get your puppy from a trusted breeder.
5. Beautiful and attractive appearance
Just like other toy dogs, Shih Tzus are also small, adorable and eye-catching. When you see a Shih Tzu, you will easily appreciate its flowing hair, fluffy body and proud demeanor. This breed of dog always carries its head up, like a proud king. They are really small dogs that can only grow to a maximum height of 11 inches and weigh no more than 20 pounds. They have a slightly longer body compared to their height which makes them look more attractive. Their luxuriant long coat is often a head turner especially if properly groomed. Coat color is generally white with brown and other color markings.
Although Shih Tzus are far from being perfect dogs, these five reasons alone should convince you to get a Shih Tzu for a pet.