Adopting an Older Shih Tzu

adopting an older shitzu

Are you thinking about adopting an older Shih Tzu? Because you do not want to deal with the whole getting a new puppy thing, which comes with having to housetrain, accidents on the carpet, getting bitten by razor sharp needle teeth and so on.

If that’s the case, you may want to consider adopting an older Shih Tzu.

There’s a better chance that an older dog may already be housetrained, people friendly, quieter, and if you’re lucky, may even do a few tricks.

Therefore, an older dog is probably what you had in mind when you decided to get a Shih Tzu as a pet.

You have two main options when you come to the decision of adopting an older Shih Tzu.

Two Main Options for Adopting an Older Shih Tzu Are:

Rescue Homes and Animal Shelters. Rescue Homes are like foster homes where undesirable pups and dogs are kept. They’re taken care of by devoted animal lovers who give shelter and care to the dogs in a home-based atmosphere.

An animal shelter is usually a central holding place belonging to an association, where animals are kept and cared for by paid workers or volunteers.

As both accommodations are run on a benevolent basis expect to pay for your dog. But the cost will be significantly less than what you would pay a professional breeder.

Rescue homes usually charge more than shelters. But as the dog has been kept in a more normal environment. It is less likely to have any adjustment issues. And will be better behaved and possibly in better health.

It is important to stress that if you are looking for your first dog or are worried about pure lineage or pet problems.

Either bring a more experienced person with you or have the dog examined by a vet before you agree to take the dog on.

Common sense will tell you that Shih Tzu’s seldom comes up for adoption. The Shih Tzu’s convivial character, small size and of course value. Make them unlikely to be abandoned.

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But every now and then they do wind up in either a rescue home or shelter. However, if you have a word with the organizers who run these places. They may keep you in mind whenever one comes available. It will probably help your case if you make a donation at the time of asking!

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