Our puppies, Sasha and Oshi, are about 5 months old now, and recent graduates of the initial Puppy Class. Provided they’re not distracted by a butterfly or a breeze, they can come, sit, stay, lie down and walk to heel, at least for a couple of seconds at a time. We’re very pleased with their progress.
As they get a bit older we can see them diverging a bit from one another too. Both are siblings, a cross between Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso. Sasha, the female, seems to take more after the Lhasa side, while Oshi, the male, is tending more to the Shih Tzu.
Sasha’s a little bigger and slightly more aloof. Oshi’s smaller, loves people, and is totally a pack animal. At puppy class, when all the puppies were off the lead and allowed to group as they wished, Oshi was the one in his element. He immediately headed for all the other dogs and joined in with the pack. Sasha, on the other hand, headed off on a tour of all the people.
Both love the outdoors, are happy to go for walks, and spend a lot of time in the garden. Oshi exhibits an apparently typical Shih Tzu tendency to dig. Sasha tends more to watchdog behaviours.
They are both good-natured, happy little dogs, fairly placid and content — a total delight to have around.
And there’s a bonus too: Sasha’s black with touches of white, while Oshi’s beige, white and gold with touches of black, but they don’t seem to shed. Our previous dog Harriette was a black and white Fox Terrier who shed an unbelievable amount of hair. You could brush Harry, bathe her, brush her again but the moment she shook herself there would be hair for miles. With being black and white, it didn’t matter what colour your clothes or furnishings were, it would show up.