Are Shih Tzus a good breed match for seniors?
A Shih Tzu can absolutely be great dog for a senior! Shih Tzus were actually bred to be companion animals for royalty. If you’re looking for a lap dog, look no further. A Shih Tzus easy going nature and small size which make them ideal pets for seniors.
Many seniors face isolation and loneliness and benefit tremendously from having a lap dog. A Shih Tzu has a small yet sturdy body frame which lends a hand to seniors facing mobility issues. Another bonus is that a Shih Tzu doesn’t need an overly active lifestyle. A short stroll around the neighborhood or a play session in the yard is often enough to fulfill a Shih Tzu’s daily exercise requirements.
While a Shih Tzu may be charming and makes a great companion animals for seniors, there are some things to consider before bringing a Shih Tzu home. First, decide whether you want a Shih Tzu puppy or an adult Shih Tzu. A Shih Tzu puppy is a cuddly, adorable, and irresistible bundle of love. But, a Shih Tzu puppy is a lot of work even if the puppy came from a responsible Shih Tzu breeder. A puppy needs training and patience in order to learn exactly what is expected once going home. Also, puppies in general have more energy than adult dogs. They tire quickly but do need an outlet for burning off that excess energy.
Not every Shih Tzu puppy for sale in my breeding program is born with the same temperament. Just like humans, they possess traits that make them unique. In my breeding program each puppy goes through temperament testing before placement with a family. My goal as a first class Shih Tzu breeder is to set all my families up for success. For example, It could end in disaster if I placed a high energy Shih Tzu puppy in a home with a client that has mobility issues.
All things considered, a Shih Tzu is a loyal companion animal that is relatively easy to own. With proper training a Shih Tzu can become an ideal pet for just about anyone! If you’re thinking about getting a Shih Tzu puppy it is important to make sure that you work with an ethical breeder that puts an emphasis on socialization and temperament testing. It is important that your Shih Tzu’s temperament aligns with your specific needs.