Bichon Shih Tzu is also known as Zuchon or Shichon.The Bichon Shih Tzu is a tiny dog which is 9 inches to 12 inches in height. An adult Bichon Shih Tzu weighs 10 to 15 pounds.
The color of Bichon Shih Tzu’s coat mainly favors light shades and tend to vary from one dog to another. The color of the puppies tends to differ with that of an adult dog. The coat of the dog is thick, made of inner and outer hairs. The inner hair is fine, while the outer hair is thicker than the inner and curly, giving the dog an adorable loo of a teddy bear. Bichon Shih Tzu shed very little hair, making it suitable for the people with allergies.
Bichon Shih Tzu Temperament
The temperament of Bichon Shih Tzu varies from one dog to another, though they are a combination of the parent breeds, Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu.
Bichon Shih Tzu is known to be bold, active and extroverted. The dogs tend to be loyal, loving and very playful despite them being very fragile. When exposed to children and other animals at a tender age, he will likely get along with them. Bichon Shih Tzu is brilliant too, and they make suitable human companions. Since they easily get attached to their human companion very fast, they can experience separation anxiety and when left alone for an extended period. It is therefore not advisable to go Bichon Shih Tzu alone except for a few hours at a time.
Bichon Shih Tzu makes suitable therapy dogs because of their fondness of their companion and the tendency to follow their friend around. They make excellent watch dogs too, although they are very friendly.
Bichon Shih Tzu Living Condition
Bichon Shih Tzu can be kept in the apartments due to their small size, and therefore they do not require as much exercise as medium sized or large sized dogs. They need a minimal amount of exercise to keep them healthy and happy. 15 to 20-minute walk outside the house is enough physical exercise for Bichon Shih Tzu every day. Physical activities such as swimming and running around in a dog park are suitable for Bichon Shih Tzu once in a while. These makes them suitable for homes with a broad range of regular activity.
Training a Bichon Shih Tzu is hard compared to other dogs especially housebreaking. Difficulty in housebreaking is mainly caused by their stubbornness and their short attention span that comes along with their intelligence. The training session should be kept short for the dog to remain upbeat and calm and the services of a professional dog trainer may be required. The dog responds well to praise and treats during training. One command is focused on at a time before moving on.
Bichon Shih Tzu depends on their owners for the basic care their coats need to be brushed daily this is because their long hair gets trapped within the fur. Failure of brushing their hair daily causes the fur to get matted and become quite unmanageable. The haircut is necessary for the dogs every six to eight weeks.
Bichon Shih Tzu Health
Bichon Shih Tzu vend to be very healthy, though annual medical checkup is advised. Common diseases from parent breeds are inherited. Such diseases include breathing abnormalities, skin issues, and faulty tear ducts. When dropped from large heights, the Bichon Shih Tzu may be fractured.
When choosing Bichon Shih Tzu, first generation cross breed is advised because they inherit half characteristics of each breed.