Even though their name means the little lion, these shaggy dogs are not ferocious or fierce as the lion. It is the best breed all-around and can live in any home size, can live well with other pets in the house. The Shih Tzu is excellent with families and even single people and is an excellent companion for the senior citizens. They are well behaved, easy to train and are cute to look at. It is a lovely pet to have around to make friends with and hold.
The Shih Tzu has short adorable legs that need exercising. If you let it be dormant, the dog will become frustrated and obese, and since every type is different, you can figure out what works best for your Shih Tzu and your schedule.
A 30-minite walk every day is adequate for the dog; you can break this into sessions throughout the day instead of taking a walk at once. It will take breaks to sniff, pee and take in the environment as you walk so do not rush it with walking continuously without letting it enjoy the outdoors.
When you break the dogs walk into two short walk sessions, your schedule is easy to manage. 15 minutes n the morning and the other half in the evening is good for both of you. It will tire quickly due to their short legs that force them to make many steps to match yours. The moment he Shih Tzu begin to drag its walk, pants heavily, lie on the ground or totally refuse to walk is the time you stop since the walk has become too long for it.
Walking may not be necessary if the dog gets enough play around the yard or house. You can also plan play activities with the dog every day for exercises and bonding.