|Barked: Mon Mar 2, '09 3:58pm PST |
|Shih Tzu's definitely need regular grooming, the simplest thing is to keep them trimmed in a "puppy cut," rather than allowing the coat to grow out to the full length (like a show dog). The show coat takes a ton of work, I tried it with Fred, but man, the brushing is constant! If you find a good groomer, they will keep the tail long and ears well trimmed, but not shaved or close cut.
Personallity wise, they can have some issues. Fred is a biter. He actually bit my friend's daughter a few weeks ago, and it is definitely getting worse as he ages. Shih Tzu's have a bit of a reputation for not being tolerant of children, unless they're raised with them. They are also prone to urinary tract infections and bladder infections.
While I love Fred, I'm curious as to why your neighbor is giving away his 2 year old... is he peeing in the house? Is he aggressive with the kids? Are they moving? I'm not saying these problems can't be dealt with, they are something to consider. If housetraining is an issue, I'd start with a trip to the vet, a simple urinalysis can confirm a UTI (which is likely if the dog was trained but is having accidents)...
But, they are great, affectionate dogs towards their owners. Fred is definitely a one person dog. (well, maybe 2 people, he loves me and my uncle.. ) They are great companion dogs who just like to be near you.
edited to add: Shih Tzu's definitely don't have a strong prey drive. They are completely different from terriers. While they love the walk, they are content with a walk around the block (or down to the park and back, which for me is about 3/4 mile.) While at 2, this is still a young dog, they are not super active like most terriers... the opposite, to be truthful. They were originally bred as companion dogs.. Fred is a pretty good watch dog- the only time he really barks is when someone comes to the door.
Edited by author Mon Mar 2, '09 4:02pm PST
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