Shih Tzu breed. My story (part 1). First meeting

I have always loved dogs for as long as I can remember. But, I never had the opportunity to become a full owner of a dog. And I got so used to this idea that I completely forgot that already an adult and she herself has the right to dispose of her desires. When I was 29 years old, I went up to my husband and said, “I'm already an adult! I want a dog". At that time, I did not even suspect that it would be a Shih Tzu breed.

For the first time, I saw a Shih Tzu at the Bird Market in Kyiv. My husband and I went there to take a walk and fill our everyday life with tenderness from little kittens and puppies. I want to note that my husband at that time was a lover exclusively of cats. Therefore, walking around the market, he looked at the kittens, while I drooled on the puppies. And suddenly we were called to her by a woman who had three heaps of wool on the counter.

puppy and kitten

 - I see you can't decide who you want: a cat or a dog? Pay attention to the Shih Tzu breed. It's a dog and a cat in the same skin! - said the woman and handed me one of the three piles of wool. - Shih Tzu contains the habits of a dog and a cat at the same time.

I was in a black coat. But, despite this, she still took the long-haired light dog in her arms.

- Do not worry! - the woman immediately said, noticing my concerns about the coat - She does not shed at all!

According to her, the Shih Tzu breed does not shed and does not cause allergies in those people who are allergic to wool.

Pozitivchik- It's not wool! This is human hair. Hair will always grow, so the Shih Tzu should be cut, - the woman said and finally showed us the muzzle of the dog, which was not visible because of the bangs - look at her beautiful eyes.

At that time, I didn’t understand the beauty of the Shih Tzu’s eyes, so all my attention was fixated on her coat (hair). What kind of care does she need? I thought and suggested that this dog is not for me. Here is Sasha's dachshund Dik - generally a cool dog and not difficult to care for. I guess I want a taxi.

Giving the Shih Tzu back to its owner, I involuntarily began to shake off my coat with my hands, completely forgetting that the dog does not shed. Probably, in my subconscious, the fact that dogs can not shed did not fit. “Don’t dust yourself off, you don’t have anything there,” my husband told me. And that's when it finally dawned on me.

This was my first encounter with a Shih Tzu. I can’t say that she left some strong trace in my mind. Probably because these dogs were no longer puppies. They were 7 months old and looked completely grown up compared to the adorable Chow Chow and German Shepherd babies that were next door. But, this was only the beginning of my deep love story for the Shih Tzu breed.

I propose a continuation of the story: Shih Tzu puppies. My story (part-2)

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