Introducing Hershey, our new Shih Tzu puppy. This picture was taken the day we brought her home when she was 7 1/2 weeks old. She was only 2 1/2 pounds and will grow to be about 14-16 pounds. Our four kids as well as myself were just ecstatic to have a new dog. My DH is happy too, just not as excited as the rest of us as he didn't grow up with a dog. He is gradually becoming quite fond of her though.
Here I am with our new little rascal! The pictures make her look black and white, but she is actually tri-colour. Her face mask and the tips of her ears are black, but the coloured patches are brown with black streaks. One side has more colour than the other. The white side has a big brown spot on it and it looks like a Hershey kiss or a chocolate chip.
The Shih tzu is a very social breed as it was originally bred to be a lap dog for Tibetan/Chinese royalty. They typically love everyone and have to be near you all the time as this picture clearly shows. Hershey's new favourite spot is right at my feet where I work!
We definitely picked a smart one. It took me only 3 days to teach Hershey to sit, stay, come, shake a paw, lay down, and speak! My daughter has since taught her to sit pretty. It's amazing how quickly they learn when they are so young. Now if we can get her totally toilet trained we'll be all set!