JULY 1, 2019 | WRITTEN BY STACY
Whether you have children and are thinking about getting a Shih Tzu, or vice versa, it makes sense that you would want to know if the two are a good match.
It's a fact that certain dog breeds are great with kids, while others are recommended for kid-free homes, so it would be a mistake to assume that every dog will tolerate children.
But what about Shih Tzu, are they good with kids?
Because of their affectionate
nature and usually docile temperament, Shih Tzu make wonderful family pets. Overall, Shih Tzu are regarded as a good fit for homes with children. It is
important, however, to always make sure young children understand how to
appropriately treat their small companions.
Even though Shih Tzu generally are a good dog for kids, it's still not an open and shut case.
As with anything, there are different things you need to think about before making your decision.
considering bringing a Shih Tzu into your household, and you have young
children, you'll definitely want to check out the answers to these important questions
It's important to start working with your children at a very young age on the proper way to treat all animals.
This is important, even if your family doesn't have any pets at the time.
This will help future contact with
animals go smoothly and safely, for both the animals and for your child.
what are the things that young children need to know when it comes to
interacting with Shih Tzu?
Let her know that some dogs might be very protective of their owners and homes, or some dogs might not be used to children.
If the dog is a stray, you should impress upon your child that she should never go near a stray as it might be aggressive or even sick.
Even if the animal is familiar, like a friend or family member’s
pet, tell your child she still needs to ask first before petting the animal,
and she should always make sure that an adult is nearby.
The short answer here is, yes, it definitely does. It makes a big difference for both the Shih Tzu and the child.
Just like adult humans act differently than human children (well most of them anyway) adult dogs behave differently than frisky puppies.
A young child may view a small bouncy puppy as a living stuffed animal and try to handle it just like he would his favorite teddy bear. Also, as sturdy a dog as Shih Tzu are, the puppies are still tiny and vulnerable to injuries from overly excited children.
Puppies are also new and learning how to interact with their new human companions. So they may still be nipping and scratching and unintentionally hurt a child during play.
Therefore, just as you want to teach your children how to act with dogs, you also need to train your puppy on how to act with people.
It's important to make sure the Shin Tzu know that even the little
humans in the house are its alphas and not its littermates.
Older dogs, on the other hand, could perhaps be a little set in their ways by the time young children come along.
If a child tries to play with an older dog the same way he plays with a puppy, the older canine might decide enough is enough and tell the kid to back off.
But if the child knows how to properly treat
his animal friend, then a wonderful relationship can form, very often with the
dog looking out for the child.
As with any relationship, some things are just not meant to be. Sometimes a child and Shih Tzu just won't be a good match for any number of reasons.
So, if you notice any of these warning signs you may want to think twice before you try to push the combo together:
Notice that these are things that make the relationship miserable for both child and Shih Tzu.
Even if your dog is extremely tolerant to constant tail pulls and ear grabs that does not make it okay.
Likewise, if your dog is easy going with everyone but always on edge with children, it's a sign that the matchup is probably not a good idea.
Dogs deserve to be safe and happy, too.
Basically, as long as you use common sense and teach both dog and child on how to behave with each other, Shih Tzu will get along well with kids.
In fact, the two can develop an incredible bond and become fast friends for many years to come.