|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Fri Feb 17, '12 3:08pm PST |
|As a groomer who does tons of shih tzus, the only shedding ones we see normally have pretty bad skin issues, usually allergies or flea bite issues.
Breeding can play a vitally important part in any purebred's coat. Did you meet his parents and other family members and what type of coats did they have? If they had poor coats most likely he will as well.
We do have one who has extremely poor coat and his breaks off usually on his back and the front of his legs. The breaking is severe enough to leave clumps of hair throughout their home.
He was a pet store puppy so nothing is known about his background and for all the owners know, he may have another breed as a father since his papers are suspect as well.
Finally, if he does have skin issues or allergies or the like a good vet visit and a program to help his skin may create a better stronger coat. Internal parasites can also be a major cause of excessive shedding.