Bichon Shih Tzu - A Happy Hybrid

By: Rebeccasimpson
The Bichon Shih Tzu is a delightful, adorable mixed breed that wants to be your loyal companion twenty-four hours a day. The two breeds that make up this cross breed are the Bichon Frise, an intelligent French lap dog with a happy disposition, and the Shih Tzu, a friendly, eager-to-please Chinese lap dog. The lap dog that results from mixing the two breeds is friendly, appealing, and popular.

Bichon Shih Tzu dogs love to be around humans and other dogs. These dogs should not be left alone for long periods, because they thrive on human attention. They want you to take them with you everywhere you go, and their small size makes them easy to carry. The Bichon Shih Tzu does not shed, which makes it ideal for people with asthma or allergies.

Looking at Bichon Shih Tzu pictures will give you an idea of which traits can be traced to each breed. Most Bichon Shih Tzu mix dogs have the fluffy coat of the Bichon Frise with the well-marked, flat face of the Shih Tzu.

If you enjoy taking pictures of your dog, the Bichon Shih Tzu is an excellent subject for photography, and your photo album will soon be full of Bichon Shih Tzu pictures. Most Bichon Shih Tzus have light-colored coats, so the best background for photographing the breed is a dark backdrop, free of any distracting clutter. Using a dark, neutral background will ensure that your pet is in the spotlight.

This mixed breed Bichon Shih Tzu is too active to pose for pictures, so grab your camera and start snapping away while your dog plays. As the dog begins to get tired and moves more slowly, you'll have more time to set up clear shots. Take a variety of pictures at eye level with your dog, and be sure to capture any unusual features, like distinctive markings on the feet or tail.

Some of the most appealing photos are taken when the dog looks directly into the camera. Holding one of your dog's favorite toys or treats behind the camera will encourage your dog to look into the camera lens.

A veterinarian should examine your new Bichon Shih Tzu as soon as you can schedule an appointment. At the vet clinic, your dog can get any necessary treatments, like de-worming and vaccinations, and you can schedule an appointment to spay or neuter your dog.

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.
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