The Bichon Shih Tzu mix is one of the most popular mixed breeds available today. Its small size makes it ideal for city dwellers, and its tendency not to shed means it is the perfect pet for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Some toy dogs are nervous and high strung, but the Bichon Shih Tzu has a fun, carefree personality. The Bichon Shih Tzu wants to spend its every waking moment with its owner. This is not a breed that should be left at home all day while you’re at work. Take your Bichon Shih Tzu with you whenever possible. The dog will charm everyone it meets, and both you and the dog will enjoy spending time together.
The breed is a cross between the Bichon Frise, a French-bred lap dog, and the Shih Tzu, a Chinese-bred lap dog. Looking at Bichon Shih Tzu pictures reveals that the breed gets it flat face from the Shih Tzu and its fluffy coat from the Bichon Frise.
Bring out the supermodel in your dog by taking lots of Bichon Shih Tzu pictures. This breed is so active that it is hard to capture a clear image of the dog at play. Use a digital camera to keep costs down-it costs the same to develop a picture of a hairy blur as it does to develop a portrait of an adorable dog.
Some of the best dog portraits are created when the dog is tired or sleepy, so play with your dog to encourage sleepiness, then grab your camera and start snapping when your dog starts to yawn. Get down to your dog’s eye level, even if it means lying on your stomach on the floor. Take a variety of shots of your dog looking at the camera as well as candid shots of the dog at rest or at play.
Light colored dogs like the Bichon Shih Tzu photograph well against a dark, neutral background. Stage a dark backdrop, free of clutter, to get the best pictures of your dog.
Whether you get your Bichon Shih Tzu from a rescue club, a shelter, or a breeder, a veterinarian should see your new dog as soon as possible. If you don’t already have a veterinarian, talk to friends and family who have pets-especially those with small dogs-and ask them to recommend a veterinarian to you. On your pet’s first visit to the vet, the dog will be examined for any obvious health defects and given any vaccinations it needs. Your vet will also establish a schedule for ongoing visits to ensure your dog is the perfect Bichon Shih Tzu picture of good health.
Crossing the Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu breeds has eliminated some of the problems typical of each breed. By extending the Shih Tzu’s nose, the dog breathes easier, and with the Bichon Frise’s tear ducts, there are fewer issues with watery eyes. The Bichon Shih Tzu mix has fewer skin problems than a purebred Bichon Frise.