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#1 Lilacmom

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:40 AM

If the mom is shih-tzu and the dad is shih-tzu/pug/terrier, would the new puppy shed?



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:00 AM

maybe. Terriers have horrible skin/coat issues. Shih-tzus have issues with allergies.

 

Pugs and shis-tzus have issues with luxating patella (knee cap popping out) and some small terriers also do. Pugs and shih-tzus have breathing issues (because of short noses, so the terrier in there may help with that). It all depends on what genes the pup gets from the parents. You just don't know until they grow up a bit. Sometimes you can tell if they will have breathing issues as a very young pups. If hey have a very short, pushed in nose, they will likely have breathing issues. Shih-tzus, pugs and many terriers have issues with cataracts, and other eye problems. Puts and shis-tzus both are known for "popping" eyes. Again, you can guess if the pup will have this issue. If the eyes are bulging, they are mor likely to pup out. For all the other things both parents need to not have these issues, but, so do the grandparents and even the great grandparents. If they all are then it is "likely" the pup will not. (still can happen, it's just the way genes work).

 

There is a huge fallicy out there that mixes are 'healthier' than pure bred dogs. If the mixes have the same genetic issues, and those issues are not checked for and bred away from, they will still happen. Responsible breeders of pure or mixed dogs will check the dogs for genetic disorders (most require special testing, often specialists). If dogs of breeds with different genetic issues are bred together then, there is little to no risk of those issues being passed on. Still though, some things are on dominant genes therefore will be passed on no matter what.

 

so, again, short answer is...maybe lol. Shih Tzus "generally" don't shed, some terrier breeds do and pugs do. If it is allergies in the family you are concerned about, then remember, even non-shedding breeds still have dander. Dander is what most people are allergic to. Pugs and many terriers have horrible dander because of skin disorders they can have.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

No such thing as a non shedding dog, low shedding yes, non shedding no (unless it's hairless). People went all crazy for doodles, calling them the "allergy safe breed" and now we are seeing more and more doodle breeds in shelters because they shed even more than some retrievers. Shihs are low shedding, so are poodles and some terrier breeds, but as mentioned above, you cannot guarentee what traits those pups will take. I'm not a fan of the new designer mixed breed craze. Just an excuse for everyone with a dog to assume they can become wealthy breeding u healthy dogs, but that's another argument for another day.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:47 AM

Thanks for the info :) We ended up getting a chihuahua.