How far do Tzus like to walk?
Posted 13 September 2010 - 02:58 PM
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:15 PM
ps. I would say that I have seen our potential pups dad and he looked very fit and strong - have also read that there is a size difference between UK and US Tzu's (I am in England). Not sure if that would have an impact on how far they would want to walk??
Edited by crowe, 13 September 2010 - 04:18 PM.
Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:39 PM
Edited by Luvntzus, 13 September 2010 - 04:41 PM.
Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:45 PM
8 miles sounds a little far. One big concern would be temperature. Shih Tzus overheat VERY easily. They have to be monitored and need cold water and air conditioning. Even being carried, your body heat would continue to have their temperature rise. I would probably look into a different, more rugged breed. Do you like any terriers like Westies?
Yes - we originally were going to opt for a Golden Doodle, but my wife now has her heart set on a Shih. I have read about overheating etc. but didnt consider the bodyheat issue. We clearly have a lot to consider.
Thanks for the advice.
Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:56 PM
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so i gotta agree with shihtzubeauty that it is very commendable for you to find out about this before getting a doggy that can't keep up with you.
Posted 13 September 2010 - 09:22 PM
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 10:39 PM
Harley, on cool mornings, walks about 2-1/2 blocks each way, and is wiped out when he gets home. Warmer days, shorter walks.
For 8 mile treks, you need a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:18 PM
There are other relatively small breeds out there that may be able to take it though. I can tell you from my personal experience that I can never seem to give my Boston Terrier enough exercise, I often take him for a 5-6 mile run then stop at my house and pick up my Shih tzu and Griffon to walk another mile - mile 1/2...and he still wants to keep going after all that. I know this breed is not cute and fluffy like a tzu which is probably what your wife was wanting, but if you search online I'm sure you can find another breed that can handle more exercise.
I know you will make the right decision for what will work best for your family and your dog. Good luck on your search and let us know what you decide! Even if you don't end up getting a shih tzu we would love to see pics and hear updates.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:10 PM
In all honesty, a healthy Shih Tzu that has been conditioned to it shouldn't have a problem with trekking ANYWHERE as long as it's not terribly hot and humid. Being brachycephalic, many of them DO have problems with heat, although I'm wondering if some of the longer-nosed dogs of the breed might have fewer heat-related issues. Anyone? Anyone?
If heat is truly an issue on your hikes, a few other breeds you might consider are the Lowchen, Havanese and Tibetan Spaniel. All are small and cute, and the Lowchen and Havanese are fluffy as well, lol.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 09:56 PM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:39 PM
max can walk forever i swear .. but minnie will just plop herself down after 1 lap it ends up with max walking and minnie being carried in my arms!
Posted 15 September 2010 - 02:16 AM
We have spoken with the breeder again and they have told us that both mum and dad like a long walk (prob not 8 miles though!), and we would encourage ours to walk as long as they were comfortable - although we would be encouraging him to build up if he was happy. As I mentioned, dad looked very stocky and muscular, but your advice has demonstated that each dog has their own personality so we will see what our new addition prefers.
Edited by crowe, 15 September 2010 - 02:21 AM.
Posted 15 September 2010 - 06:22 AM
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