A dog is considered an adolescent (adolescent) between the ages of 9 to 18 months. Most people tend to adopt puppies when they are in the market for a dog, but they are those who would like a dog that is neither too young nor too old. Therefore, the best option for these people is an adolescent dog. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages to having a teenage dog over a puppy or older dog. If you are bringing a teenage Shih Tzu into your home, here are some things to consider:
1) The adolescent Shih Tzu can get a bit challenging, but it doesn’t last long
As your dog grows, around the age of 2, he should become gentle, sweet, and calm, as well as put aside his defiant ways. This is like when you are a kid who matures into your 20s!
2) Teen dogs need training just like puppies, but they learn much faster
A teenager may challenge you at first, but in the end all the training will pay off. Unlike puppies, adolescent dogs have better concentration. Also, if you are adopting a teenage dog, it has likely already been trained by its previous owner.
3) The adolescent Shih Tzu may have already been trained by its previous owner
It all depends on the dog’s past, but in most situations it has gone through some kind of training. You may need to do some training in case you need to jog the dog’s memory.
4) Teenage dogs bond with their owners much faster
This breed adapts well to new situations and they love being around people, therefore there should be no problem with your dog loving you and adores you from the start. It may even seem that they have known each other forever.
5) Teen dogs need a lot of grooming
During adolescence, dogs tend to shed their fur so that the adult coat can enter. Therefore, the coat needs a lot of maintenance. Be prepared for tough, high-maintenance grooming sessions. You can groom the dog yourself or you can have a professional do it for you.
Keep in mind that this is a very high maintenance breed and if you can’t put the time, money, and energy into caring for them, you’d better get another breed that is not as desirable. This breed can develop serious health problems if not cared for properly.