Adopting an Adolescent Shih Tzu – Advantages and Disadvantages

A dog is considered an adolescent (teenager) between the ages of 9 to 18 months. Most people tend to adopt puppies when in the market for a dog, but they’re those that would like a dog that’s not too young and not too old. Therefore, the best choice for those people is an adolescent dog. However, they’re some advantages as well as disadvantages to getting an adolescent dog over a puppy or a senior dog. If you’re going to bring an adolescent (teen) Shih Tzu into your home, here are some things to consider:

1) Adolescent Shih Tzu’s can get a little defiant, but it does not last long

As your dog gets older – around 2 years old, he or she should become nice, sweet and calm as well as set aside their defiant ways. This is just like when you’re child matures and reaches the age of 20!

2) Teenage dogs need training just like puppies do, but they learn much faster

A teenager may challenge you at first, but in the end all of the training will pay off. Unlike puppies, teenage dogs have better concentration. In addition, if you’re adopting a teenage dog, chances are they’ve already been trained by their previous owner.

3) Teenage Shih Tzu’s may have already been trained by their previous owner

It all depends on the dog’s past, but in most situations they’ve went through some form of training. You might have to do a little training just in case you need to refresh the dog’s memory.

4) Teenage dogs bond to their owners a lot quicker

This breed adapts well to new situations and they love to be around people, therefore, there should be no problem with your dog loving and adoring you from the very start. It may even seem that you’ve known each other forever.

5) Teenage dogs need a lot of grooming

During the teenage years, dogs tend to shed their fur so that the adult coat can come in. Therefore, the coat needs a lot of maintenance. Be prepared for tough and high maintenance grooming sessions. You can groom the dog yourself or you can get a professional to do it for you.

Keep in mind that this is a very high maintenance breed and if you cannot dedicate the time, money, and energy into caring for them, you might be better off getting another breed that’s not as wanting. This breed can develop serious health problems if not taken care of correctly.

Source by Finius Flanders

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