What age do Shih Tzu come into season?
Small toy sized dogs like the Shih Tzu typically have their first heat relatively early. It generally happens between the young ages of 4 and 7 months old. It does surprise many owners to know that their female will still be a puppy when she first enters a cycle.
Do male Shih Tzu go in heat?
Sexual Maturity. While a female Shih Tzu goes through estrous cycles, a male Shih Tzu is ready to mate any time after it reaches sexual maturity. A male Shih Tzu can smell a female dog in heat from as far away as three miles and may become very aggressive in trying to reach and mate with her.
When did the Shih Tzu originate?
Documentation of the Shih Tzu goes back at least 1,000 years. The breed’s ancestry goes back even further than that. Records show that short, square, “under the table” dogs existed in China as early as 1,000 B.C. These short and stout pooches were likely the ancestors of the Shih Tzu.
Can Shih Tzu survive in summer?
Shih Tzu dogs should never be kept outdoors in the summer for any length of time. Keeping a dog confined in a hot car during the summer is a sure death sentence. Your dog needs extra water in the hot weather and if you must be out with your dog during extreme temperatures, find a shady spot for your dog to rest.
Should Shih Tzu be shaved in summer?
Dogs like poodles, Maltese, Shih Tzu’s, and others without an undercoat require regular grooming and haircuts. Although shaving your dog in the summer is not necessary, there are some people (groomers and maybe a vet or two) who swear it’s the best thing you can do for your pet.
Is it OK to shave Shih Tzu?
Is it safe to shave a Shih Tzu? If you want to shave down your Poodle or Shih Tzu and can protect it from the elements using other tools, you will not cause any long term problems for your dog’s coat and skin. Soft undercoat does need to be shed out, but it should NOT be shaved down.