Shih Tzu is quite a popular breed in the fragile category of dogs. They are small in size and have a hair-like coat and require proper care compared to many other breeds. They make excellent pets which can stay happy and healthy with some additional care required specifically by this breed. They should be chosen for giving company to children old enough to handle such small sized dogs.
The food for this small sized dog should be rich in proteins and fat. It should also be rich in omega-3 fatty acid which will ensure a healthy and shiny coat. The water in the bowl to be fed should always be clean.
The areas in the house where the shih puppy moves around should be thoroughly searched and freed of ingestible items.
The toys chosen for shih puppies should be of small size, preferably comprising soft toys or rubber toys which are not too hard to chew. These toys should be chosen bearing in mind the small jaw set in these dogs.
Grooming of the puppy should be taken special care of since their coat resembles normal hair and also because this hair is not shed. The routine should be done once a day so as to avoid tangling and knotting of the hair.
A cozy corner with a suitable size bed and favorite toys should be made available for resting times. This breed is prone to hypoglycemia if it does not get enough rest. They must be walked in the yard once every 2 hours since they have small bladders.
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