The Silky Tzu is a small dog that developed as a cross between the Silky Terrier and the Shih Tzu breeds. Known for their cuteness and handy size, these dogs has long, silky hair. Their broad, roundish face has round button-like eyes, and a round, black nose. The muzzle is small, and the ears are floppy. They have short legs and a small furry tail. It is because of this smallness and a sweet demeanor that, they make perfect pets for apartment houses.
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Temperament and Behavior
The Silky Tzu dog has an adorable, friendly and affectionate character. It would love to play all day with its family members with all vigor and zeal, until it falls tired and then find some pleasure moments to cuddle with its loved ones in the evening.
This playful breed loves to be gifted with new toys, and play with the children of its household. In fact, they cherish each and every minute of being around people and socialize with them. This trait makes them an excellent family and companion dog.
The Silky Tzus do not need vigorous exercise schedules owing to their small size. Just take your dog out daily for a short-distance walk, or a little jogging, leashed with your cycle to keep it physically and mentally fit. While some owners want their Silky Tzus to have long hair, some keep them trimmed. Whichever way, you must keep your dog’s hair clean, especially because they have a double coat. Brush them twice a week to prevent their coat from getting tangled, and bathe them when dirty. Also remember that cleaning their ears and eyes from time to time is important. They are not prone to any serious conditions except for some issues with eye and ear infections. Some Silky Tzus might develop respiratory troubles leading to heavy or noisy breathing, snoring, etc. There are also reports of some cases of the sensitive stomach.
To ward off chances of developing small dog syndrome, train your dog to keep a safe distance from larger canids. Now, it is primarily your job to determine the ‘Safe’ distance where it can retain calmness (and do not start feeling anxious). It may be 10 feet, 20 feet, or maybe a block. Needless to say, this is the time when your puppy should be on the leash. Now, when you see, your dog can maintain this space by itself, give it a food treat that it loves. Help it practice this for a few months. You dog will automatically be able to acquire the trick to guard itself.
This affectionate breed might develop pangs of separation anxiety. To minimize this, try being away from your pet for a significant period even when you are at home, and all this while engage him with new toys. In this way, he would gradually get used to spending time on his own making your departure from home easier
Half to one cup full of dry dog kibbles is excellent for your dog. Divide the food into two regular meals.
Because some individuals might have problems with sensitive stomach, make sure you give close attention to its daily diet.