Generally speaking, yes Shih Tzu poodles do shed. They may lose a fair amount of hair each year, although this varies from individual to individual and – as with all pet behavior – can sometimes be temporarily halted by giving your pup plenty of attention and affection. In any case, regular grooming is always recommended to help keep coats clean and healthy looking.
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They are impressive animals choice for pet owners because of their friendly personalities, good watchdog skills, and clever intelligence. While Shih Tsus require little to no training, Lhasas can be quite complex to train as they have some natural stubbornness. Some key differences between the two breeds include:
Shih Tsus weigh around 10lbs while Lhasas typically weigh 30lbs or more;
Shih Tsus have short fur but Lhasas have long fur which may require twice as much grooming;
Shih Tsus do not shed whereas Lhasas sometimes shed;
Lhasas like warmer weather while Shihtsus prefer cooler climates
While there may be some variation depending on the particular breed of each dog, generally speaking Shih Tzu/Chihuahua mixes tend to have few behavioral issues relative to either breed alone. This is due in part to their genetic heritage (i.e., both breeds come from the Chinese Pyrrhic tree breeding program), but also because they typically receive plenty of regular exercise and attention from their owners.
As with any pet however, it’s always important to carefully select a mix if you’re interested in adopting one. Some specific considerations include checking with your local animal shelter or rescue organization to see if any animals in their care match your desired specifications, and verifying that both breeds have been visited by a certified behavior consultant (if necessary).
Dogs Naturally Shed: Between Winter Coat and Summer Coat
First things first – understanding why your chusky dog sheds will help us better understand how much they are supposed to shed. All dogs naturally lose hair every month thanks to a natural chemical called DHA (dihydroxyacetone). This hormone causes the Petal Patch hairs on your scalp to fall out and be replaced with new, shiny ones – all while preparing their coats for winter or summer weather. The good news is this healthy periodic grooming process won’t happen if you opt not to have a dog! On average, chusky breeds shed around 150-200 hairs each day. Though this number can vary depending on your pet’s genetic make-up and environment, it should generally stay within these guidelines unless something changes (like gaining/losing weight). Plus, don’t forget about those pesky little chin whiskers & ear tips – just like people, pets need shaved at least once per month in order to avoid skin irritation from build-up of oils!
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