The Pin-Tzu is a small-size crossbred dog that was produced by crossing the Miniature Pinscher with the Shih Tzu. Puppies with the Shih Tzu look are more common than those with the Min Pin look. These cute looking dogs are playful,and energetic with a roundish face, black button eyes and a similar-looking nose tip. They also have floppy ears that hang down next to their eyes.
This breed is known for their affectionate and loyal nature. They are lively, and playful, enjoying human companionship to the fullest. They also get along well with other pets in its family.
Pin-Tzus are also alert, brave and courageous – the traits that has made them a good watch dog, despite their small size. If the owner is a good leader, these well-natured dogs will never have any behavioral issues in future, since all that they need is true leadership.
Being an active breed, they play all day, running around the house, and hence, are comfortable with apartment life. In fact, they don’t even need a yard separately. However, taking them out every day for a walk or jogging is important as it helps maintaining the balance between their active nature and their urge to play. Pin-tzus are not tough to groom. They have short to medium size hair that needs brushing on a weekly basis. Clean their teeth twice or thrice a week, to minimise chances of periodontal issues. Also, keep the eyes and ears clean and dry always. Shampoo them only when they are really dirty. There might be chances that your dog would inherit issues from its parents. Watch out for ear infections, eye problems, slipped stifle, spinal disc disease, and early tooth loss. They are also prone to obesity. Keep a check on their daily diets.
Since learning housebreaking can at times be an issue with small dogs, make sure you fix a particular spot outdoors, and a specific time for your puppy to eliminate. Take it out on a leash while eliminating, reward it every time it eliminates in the right place. In the meantime, get it used to a particular word for this action like ‘go potty’, so that you can use it in future to remind your dog to eliminate.
Teach tricks to your playful doggy, say, playing a piano. Get a small toy piano, considering its small size. As soon as your dog starts showing interest, begin praising it and give it a treat. However, keep the initial sessions short so that your dog doesn’t lose interest. Next, toss a treat away from the instrument, and allow it come to get it. The moment it returns back to the piano again, give it a good deal of praises, along with another treat. Continue the whole process from time to time, until your dog learns to press the keys and play its own ‘music’.
Socialize your dog with other larger dogs so as to keep any possible small dog syndrome away. Ask a neighbor or friend who has a relatively bigger dog to bring his/her pet for a dog meeting. Choose an outdoor area which does not fall under any of the dogs’ territories. Keep them on leash, and begin with keeping a safe distance (of at least 20-30 feet). Let them know each other gradually. If you notice them getting comfortable with each other, get them closer, or even let them get each other’s smells, see them wag their tails, or giving any playful signal. However, if you see the slightest sign of aggression, leave the spot immediately to come back another day.
Chalk out a general diet schedule that is common for dogs with its size and energy level. Good quality premium brand kibble sounds good.