Meet Cosmo and Mister, six year old Shih Tzu brothers who are two peas in a pod. Born on the same day by different mothers, Cosmo and Mister share daddy DNA, and the same neighborhood. They live next door to each other and spend every day hanging out together, snuggling at nap time, and parading together during walks. If apart too long they whine to be reunited, then adorn each other in puppy kisses once together again.
Cosmo is the brother with attitude! He likes to show the ‘people’ world that he is top dog and demands lap time, attention, and being carried up and down the stairs.
He loves going on a daily 1.25 mile walk around a lake filled with ducks, where he stops to rest in every shaded spot he finds. During meal time if a piece of his dry food drops to the floor he will play soccer with it for hours before eating it. He will save his bone treats until company comes over, quickly eating it in front of them without sharing. However, this attitude has made him a hit with the ladies who follow him and give him kisses when he is out and about.
Mister is the funny one who loves to play and eat! Everyday he carries his favorite toy up to his brothers house, throwing it around and pouncing on it to the beat of his own drum. When not playing Mister loves to beg for food, his favorite treat being popcorn. He will twirl in circles for something good, a trick he also does when he needs to go outside to the bathroom, clearly a feat he expects a treat for!At home Mister has leopard print stairs up to the bed, and a Zebra print carrier that he loves to travel in. This fashion hound has a drawer full of clothes and doesn’t mind sporting the latest K9 styles! When guests spend the night Mister will sneak down his leopard stairs, climb into the guests bed, and snuggle with them to make them feel at home.
The Shih Tzu, which translates to Lion Dog in Chinese, is believed to be a cross between a Pekingese, a Lhasa Apso, and/or a Tibetan mountain dog. Perfect lap dogs, the Shih Tzu was bred to be a companion dog and was prized among Chinese royalty. During the Chinese Revolution this breed almost went extinct, and only seven females and seven males survived. Today every Shih Tzu can be traced back to one of these original 14 dogs.
A loyal and lively little dog, the Shih Tzu makes a great companion, watch dog, and is very friendly with people and other dogs. They do require patience while training, and good pack leadership to avoid a potentially bossy dog. They can be difficult to house break, and they require daily walks, and daily grooming. The Shih Tzu can gain weight easily, so overfeeding should be avoided. They are prone to eye infections, early tooth loss, and are sensitive to heat, due to their short muzzles.
For more information about the Shih Tzu please visit the American Shih Tzu Club at americanshihtzuclub.org
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