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The BoShih is a mongrel dog, a cross between the Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier breeds. Small, curious and affectionate, these puppies inherit some of the best qualities of their two parents. BoShihs, or Bo Shihs, are also called Boston Shih Tzus. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these mixed puppies in breed-specific shelters and rescues, so adopt. BoShihs make excellent companion animals for just about anyone, but a retired senior citizen would most likely be an ideal match. These dogs love humans who cuddle and care for them. They are quite versatile and can thrive in almost any environment: family home, apartment or small cottage, as long as they have people nearby. They can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long. They are your companion as much as you are their companion. Whether you are a single person or a large family, make sure your BoShih gets lots of love and attention. He will need regular vet check-ups, dental cleanings and grooming sessions. Frequent potty breaks also help with their small bladders.
The BoShih is a mixed breed dog. They are not pure breeds like their parents Boston Terrier or Shih Tzu. The main colors of the BoShih are black, white, brown, and gray. They are rarely solid, and their coat is usually a mixture of the patterns and colors of their parents. They usually have a long, straight coat with a normal density and are generally considered a good choice for allergy sufferers. Their coat may require daily brushing and monthly grooming. Since the BoShih is a small dog, it can be easily injured by overly excited children. BoShih prefer to be mostly with adults or older children who know how to play gently. BoShih are prone to weight gain and have moderate energy levels. These puppies need a few short walks a day and lots of bathroom breaks. These dogs are not recommended for people with long working days and do not do well being left alone for long periods of time.
The BoShih dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began intentionally mixing Shih Tzus and Boston Terriers in the late 1990s, probably in North America. Breeders wanted to mix the two parent breeds to eliminate inbreeding and health problems that are common in purebreds. They continued to create BoShih as the demand for mixed breed puppies increased. Although the BoShih mixed breed began as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adopting if you decide this is the mixed breed for you. Check local shelters, look for BoShih rescues, or check with breed-specific Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier rescues, as they sometimes help rehome mixed breeds. BoShih are recognized by:ACHC = American Canine Hybrid ClubDBR = Designer Breed RegistryDDDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel ClubDRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc. IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®.
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