Hi All. I would like to introduce our 2nd Shih Tzu, Xena. She arrived at the end of January just shy of 9 weeks and has settled in well. Zeus took about a week and a half before he accepted her. We have her now for just over a month. On the recommendation of the breeder we got a playpen after a week so that Xena was separated from Zeus so that he could check her out in his own time. Also, if we were out for several hours she was secured in her own area. Compared to Zeus she is more confident and friendlier with a lot of energy. I am not too sure if it is do with her genes or if it was the nurturing that she got from her breeder and her mum. There was some hesitance about getting a 2nd dog. The push was coming from me whilst it was the other half that was keen on getting Zeus. Zeus loves to cuddle in the morning but come evening he prefers his own space. My wife feels a little short changed since she had not expected his independent nature. I felt that getting a 2nd dog would bring a bit more happiness and possibly an evening cuddler I did quite a bit of searching for a suitable 2nd dog for Zeus and what came up was another Shih Tzu or possibly a Maltese. We did hunt for a Havanese but could only get a male - all the females were gone or it may have been the case that they would not sell a female to us given that we had a male Shih Tzu. We did consider a Poddle cross but noticed that Zeus was not into Poodles or Shih Poos or Maltipoos. He did get on well with a Maltichon (local dog) and liked to play with an oversized 7kg Yorkshire terrier for 15-20 minutes but after that they had enough so would not be soulmates. He liked bigger dogs like the Labradooble and the odd Cockapoo but we did not want anything bigger than Zeus. The Coton Du Tuleur was another option and at one point I did express an interest in a local male Lhaso Alpso that was not accepted by another dog but they gave him to someone else. Xena will be most likely be like her mum at around 7kgs so would guess that she'll be two thirds the size of Zeus. We have no plans on mating the 2 and will look at medical castration (temporary neutering) for Zeus so that she can remain intact for at least 2 years. The breeder did ask if we would consider breeding from her but that's a bridge that we will cross when we get there. After the 2 litters that we had from our 2 Cockers in the 90s, it is not a road I would go down too easily again. We picked the name Xena (Warrior Princess) after observing her about 2 weeks. Her aunt competed in Agility competitions and did well. We noticed that she is fast and can keep up with Zeus on a sprint. So far we are really enjoying her and do not expect to have some of the same challenges that Zeus has presented to us in particular his stubbornness and on occasions his refusal to walk ! If he does not want to walk we don't force it and simply return home. This only happens now on a rare occasion. Xena in Ukrainian / Russian translates to Zina which means belonging to Zeus. It's not a proper Greek mythology name like Zeus but it's a modern day version of a female dog that can hold their own.