If you want an adorable, teddy bear-like dog with a lot of love to give and minimal physical activity requirements, then a Bolo-Tzu could be for you! This lovely hybrid breed is the result of a Bolognese and a Shih Tzu breeding. While the parent breeds date back to ancient times, the Bolo-Tzu has only been around for around three decades. As a result, there is not a lot of information on their traits. What you can expect, however, is a fun little dog that will enjoy spending time with you and taking part in fun activities. Here are a few necessary ones that you might find helpful.
Out of all dog breeds, the Bolo-Tzu is one of the hardest to toilet train. For some reason, they don’t take to it as naturally as other breeds. However, you will get there with time and patience. What’s more, in three steps, you can be on your way to a regular toileting routine in your yard instead of on your carpet! This all-weather activity doesn’t cost a dime but can be a bit of a challenge. Find a leash, treat, and a timer, and get the ball rolling. The sooner you can toilet train your Bolo-Tzu, the sooner you can trust them in your house on their own!
While you might strike it lucky and not get any of the degenerative diseases from the parent breed, there is a chance you will. One of the more common conditions of the Bolo-Tzu is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. While surgery may be an option for this joint disease, so too is hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is an expensive half-hour activity, but it’s one that will benefit your dog. It can take all the pressure off their joints, help to strengthen them and keep your dog fit and healthy when regular exercises are not an option. All you need is a leash, and a hydrotherapy expert will help with the rest.
Because Bolo-Tzus don’t need a lot of physical activity, you will find you need to stimulate them in other areas instead. Mentally, Bolo-Tzus require something to challenge them. Doing so can stop them from becoming bored, upset, and destructive. Food puzzles are an excellent way to both cater to their need for mental stimulation and give them something to do that doesn’t involve you. You can carry on with your daily chores while your pup partakes in this rainy-day activity. Buying food puzzles can get expensive, but with an average difficulty and only a need for treats to go in them, they become a favorite pastime.
Want to head outside for a bit of fresh air? Take your time and take your furry little companion! In only half an hour, a walk can tire out a Bolo-Tzu, who has short little legs that don’t take them very far, very fast. What’s more, a walk a day can be something you both look forward to, enjoying nature and breathing in the fresh air.
If you want an activity that will tire out your dog quick while taking minimal effort from you as well, then fetch might be it. Once your pup masters the basics, you can throw their toy down the hall and wait (quite a while) for their short little legs to bring them back. Ten minutes of fetch will be enough to tucker them out for the rest of the day!
A Bolo-Tzu is a tiny dog with a big personality. They are friendly, loyal, easy to satisfy, and you don’t have to dedicate a lot of time to physical activity. In saying that, it’s still quite impawtant to provide them with some activities to keep them out of trouble. Try a combination of these above!