Saturday, June 6, 2009

Are you thinking if a Shih Tzu can bring you joy?

There are different kinds of joy, some are wrapped in red and gold and tied with a ribbon underneath a Christmas tree. Some come wrapped in blue or pink baby blankets, wiggle their toes and make funny noises. Then there’s a joy that’s wrapped in fur like our dog Chelsea. She was a ball of brown, black and white fur when she was born. But now her fur is lighter and looks more like hair. Her big round eyes reflect the color around her. Her tongue is always out and makes her look as if she’s smiling at you. She’s a happy, lively, playful dog who loves attention. She is specially friendly even to strangers. She has a mind of her own so she can be quite stubborn. But the joy she brings to our family compensates for her disobedience. After all, humans aren’t perfect. Why should dogs be?

Small dogs have become a fad in the country nowadays. And a lot of people prefer Shih Tzu because they look so cute and cuddly. And if you are thinking of getting a Shih Tzu for a pet, you might want to ask yourself the following questions first:

1)Do you want a trusting dog that’s friendly to everyone even to thieves and robbers? If you’re
the jealous type, or if you want a guard dog then a Shih Tzu is not for you. 2) Do you want a small dog? A standard size Shih Tzu stands at around 9 to 10 inches with an ideal weight of 9-16 lbs. Some unscrupulous breeders sell tiny Shih Tzu puppies and tell you they are princess type or imperial type ( the tiniest 3 month old puppy I have ever seen). They sell them at a higher price. Don't be fooled. These tiny Shih Tzus are well below the standard Shih Tzu size and their size is actually considered a fault. They should be sold well below the regular price of a standard Shih Tzu. 3)Do you or someone else at home have time to brush your future pet dog’s coat at least once a day? 4)Do you have the money to finance visits to the doctor? (the skin of a Shih Tzu can be quite sensitive) A skin problem may cost you around Ps. 4,000.00. 5)Do you want a dog that needs lots of attention? A bored Shih Tzu has a tendency to engage in destructive chewing. 6) Do you want a dog that has a mind of its own? Shih Tzus can be quite stubborn. This stems from the fact that they used to be the pets of emperors. They think highly of themselves.
They are not natural born pleasers. Of course, there are always exceptions to a rule but you
have to be ready, you might find a dog that will think before it obeys you. 7)Do you want a lively dog, an adult dog that still seems like a puppy?

If you have answered yes to all of the questions then you are the perfect human for a Shih Tzu. But if you have answered no to one of the questions, I suggest you think it over first. You might be stuck with the wrong dog. Shih Tzus live for as long as twelve human years. Having a dog can be so much fun and rewarding but if you and your dog are not well suited, it can cause you a lot of headaches and may cause the dog anxiety and depression. You have to remember, your relationship with your dog is also a two-way relationship. Your dog will love you more than it loves itself but you have the duty to keep it healthy and happy.

note: I'll be posting a collage of my Shih Tzu very soon.

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