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dogs to love and obey their owners and bond
deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly
appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
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Shih Tzu: Breed Characteristics, Care & Exercise Needs (Lion Dog)
AKC Toy, KCGB Utility
Also known as: Little
Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum dog.
Ranking: 12 in KCGB
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A General Description of
The dog has a round, wide, hairy
head which is in proportion with the
rest of the body. It has round,
large, very black expressive eyes and large, heavily
coated pendulous ears. Another characteristic of
the dog is its square, short, well-cushioned muzzle.
These dogs have a broad, wide chest and are not
barrel-chested. Shih Tzus have short, well-muscled
legs with well padded, firm feet and heavily
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Temperament of the Dog
These dogs are cute, playful,non-aggressive,
intelligent and courageous. Bred as companion
dogs, they crave their owners' attention. These
dogs are excellent play mates. Most of the time
they love to lie all cuddled up in their owners'
laps. These happy, friendly dogs love kids and make
excellent watch dogs. Moreover, these dogs
do not have a habit of unabated barking. They
are sensitive and can be snappy if teased. Shih
Tzus are obstinate but because of their ability
to learn quickly they can be trained easily with
little patience. They should never be
overfed as they might develop obesity. They often
wheeze and snore.
They can often be found curled
up in a corner and therefore owners should be careful
lest they hurt them accidentally. They might even
suffer from stress related disorders if they do
not get enough attention from their owners for a
considerable period of time.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
They are fairly active indoors
and with proper exercise, are suitable for the apartments,
without a yard.
They are sensitive to the sun
and should never be taken on long walks in scorching
Are they suited to homes
They are playful and enjoy the
company of small children. So households
with small kids may have a Shih Tzu but children
often confuse them with stuffed toys and end up
injuring them. Owners should thus, keep them under
Country of Origin, History of the breed
This Breed is the smallest
and oldest, with a Tibetan origin. It is a
cross between the Tibetan mountain dog, the
Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. Because of its
cuteness, the dog is named after the most
beautiful woman in China, Xi Shi and was favored
by the Chinese nobility. It was during the
two world wars that this breed was introduced
by army men travelling back to the States
after the war. It was in 1969 that the AKC
registered the breed.
to take care of the Shih Tzu Puppy?
Shih Tzu puppies should
be fed at regular intervals and are never
to be force fed as they eat only when hungry.
Some food and water should be left in front
of their crates at night. Restricting their
movements by baby gates or confining them
to a secure spot with chewable toys is a must,
to prevent accidents. Vaccination should be
administered carefully to boost their immunity.
Pups are fragile and owners should
not play with them for more than 30 minutes at a
stretch. Small children often confuse them with
toys and might harm them unknowingly and thus,
the pups should be kept under strict watch.
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These are intelligent and can
be easily taught certain skills to turn them into
well-behaved, housetrained dogs. Shih Tzus thrive
on attention and affection and while training them,
owners should always use the method of positive
reinforcement. Consistent encouragement in the form
of praise , should be used to help them adapt to
the training process. They should be potty trained
and house-trained from a very young age.
Extensive socialization can curb
their aggressive tendencies and help them distinguish
between friendly and hostile behavior. They are
sensitive animals and harsh treatment would yield
nothing positive. Acquainting him with words like,
no, don't, yes,
sit, go, wait,
and heel, should make him
receptive towards owners.
The dog does not require rigorous
exercise. Taking him on walks once daily should
be perfect. It is fairly active indoors.
They enjoy lazing indoors for long hours and may
even become fat. In such cases, short walks or indoor
exercise can help a great deal.
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Shih Tzus need elaborate grooming
because of their luxurious, flowing coats. These
dogs should be bathed at least once every week with
a mild pet shampoo. They should be brushed daily.
Their coat and nails should also be clipped at regular
intervals. Ears should be cleaned with an ear cleaning
solution. Cleaning teeth at least twice a week will
prevent infections from setting in. During bathing,
their anal glands should be cleaned.
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Shih Tzus are double coated. They have
a long, luxurious, thick, flowing coat and at times
they might even have wavy hair.
All colors are permissible
Some are vulnerable to ear, eye
and respiratory problems. Spinal disc disease and
other health issues include entropion , portacaval
shunt, renal dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy
(PRA), patellar luxation, and trichiasis.
Cautions about Breeding
Appropriate tests should be conducted
before breeding the dog to prevent genetic disorders
from transmitting to the next generation
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Weight: 9-16 lbs
for both males and females
Litter Size: 2-4
Life Span: Average15
Male - 8-11 inches
Female - 8-11 inches
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