Shih Tzu Facts
General Shih Tzu Facts
- Shih Tzu dogs originated in Asia
- They were bred to be a companion dog
- Shih Tzu is pronounced “Sheed Zoo” and in Chinese means “lion” dog
- Classified as toy dog breeds by the American Kennel Club
- Has a long luxurious double coat made of hair (like humans)
- Does not shed much, making it a good choice for people with allergies
- Was first recognized by the kennel club in 1946
Shih Tzu Facts on Health Information
- Shih Tzu dogs are sensitive to heat
- Life expectancy is 13-16 years or better
- Prone to ear, eye and respiratory problems
- Prone to spinal problems (best not to let them jump down for high places)
- Tend to lose their teeth easily so must be cleaned on a regular basis
- Main problems known for the Shih Tzu dog breed range from renal dysplasia to hip dysplasia.
- Are generally a healthy breed with few medical problems.
Personality & Behavior
- Shih Tzu dogs are social animals and love to be petted, groomed and played with.
- They are not “yappy” dogs.
- Shih Tzu have been known to snore.
- Shih Tzu are loyal dogs and can be stubborn and come across as arrogant.
- They love to sit on your lap and cuddle
Appearance and Grooming
- The Shih Tzu is a small breed
- Has a long luxurious double coat
- The official breed tandard size should be between 9 and 10 inches and weighs between 9 - 15 pounds.
- They have wide set eyes.
- Long coat needs daily brushing
- Shih Tzu don't have fur, they have hair like humans which they gradually lose while being grooming.
- They make great watch dogs.
So there you have it, the Shih Tzu dog breed in a nutshell.
Hopefully this will give you a general idea of what to expect when deciding on bringing home this beautiful little furbaby into your family
For more detailed information
see our other pages about Shih Tzu dogs.
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