While you may have heard of a Teacup Shih Tzu dog, that isn’t necessarily the actual breed name. Shih Tzu is the breed name, while teacup is really just a term that classifies a dog’s weight, usually about 9 pounds or less. It’s really just a super-small version of a Shih Tzu. These canines are unbelievably adorable and super cute, however they are a bit controversial, as breeding them to be so tiny (around 3 to 6 pounds as adults) could cause them to have major health problems. Still, their look and personality is what gets them to continue to be bred to sell to others. While they can often be on the smaller side, it just gives another reason to really take care of a pet Teacup Shih Tzu – in fact, they require a lot of TLC!
Here are some tips on how to care for a Teacup Shih Tzu:
– They require brushing or combing about three times a week. In order to have a nice, full coat, bathe them at least once a week and gently blow dry their hair.
– Keep them away from households with little kids, as young children often handle animals roughly, but could easily injure the small dog.
– They are difficult to housebreak, so just be consistent and don’t allow it to run around the home until it is trained. A great way to assist this is by crate training.
– Brush your pet’s teeth on a daily basis. Crooked teeth and/or baby teeth are common, but you should always get your doctor to check teeth.
– Keep them indoor, as because of its face’s flat shape, it makes them susceptible to heat stroke. They should be kept indoors in air-conditioned rooms, especially during the hot weather.
– Take care of their eyes at least once a week. They should be bright and free of matter and discharge.
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