Is the Shih Tzu the Perfect dog for a Couch Potato or an Amateur Athlete?

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Who is the Shih Tzu the perfect dog for? Many people often love the look of these dogs but just do not realize how physically limited this breed is.

Shih Tzu’s simply cannot exercise too long, run very far or even stay outside for extensive periods in hot weather.

Shih Tzu’s are highly susceptible to heatstroke in hot weather. And they do not like the cold. This is ironic because their ancestors originated from the cold weather of the mountains of Tibet.

However, today Shih Tzu’s are not bred as dense as their past relatives were.

If you like to be at home, however, your Shih Tzu will be your happy and wholehearted friend, companion, and armchair pal.

In addition, if you want to watch sports, your Shih Tzu will be more than happy to help you cheer for your favorite team.

Shih Tzu’s will be more than happy to lounge on the lazy-boy with you and be pampered all day.

One exception is the competition Shih Tzu. Some people train their dogs to compete in obedience (a highly ready for action sport that measures how well a dog can follow instructions). Or agility (a super-dynamic obstacle course sport), but these dogs are like proficient athletes.

If you want an exercise friend or the perfect dog, please consider a sporting or herding breed instead.

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