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Shih Tzu Puppies
Description: The name "Shih Tzu" means lion dog in Chinese, and they received the name because of their long, flowing mane-like coat. The lion is highly regarded in Buddhist culture, and therefore the Shih Tzu made its way into palaces and royalty's lap in the older days of China. The Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, toy dog with a long flowing double coat. The topknot on the head is usually held up with a bow, and they have dark round eyes with a pleasing expression. Shih Tzus can be of any color and any pattern, but a white blaze and a white tail is much desired. They somewhat resemble Ewoks from the movie Star Wars. The actual Japanese standard for this breed states that this breed should have, "lion head, bear torso, camel hoof, feather-duster tail, palm-leaf ear, rice teeth, pearly petal tongue, and a movement like a goldfish." Shih Tzus have a distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and tail curved over the back. They may display an arrogant personality, but are actually playful and gentle. They are quite friendly, more so than their cousins, the Lhasa Apso. They are not as wary of strangers, and get along well with everyone. Shih Tzus adapt well to any family situation and will enjoy a cuddle in your lap, doing tricks, or fetching a tennis ball. Shih Tzus are an intelligent dog who will make a good family addition. Despite their small size the Shih Tzu is a confident and dignified breed.
Other Names: Chrysanthemum-Faced Dog, Foo Dog
Type: Companion Dog
Tzus come in all colors and
Shih Tzus are gentle, loyal, and proud. They appear arrogant, but are very
friendly and affectionate. They love to play ball and will chase anything
you throw for them. Shih Tzus are trusting, companionable, and get along with
everyone, generally. They are lively, alert and energetic outside. They are
very people oriented, vivacious and athletic. The Shih Tzu makes a very pleasing
companion and will be obedient if trained.
Watch-dog: Very High.
They are rather alert.
Care and Exercise:
Daily grooming is essential for the Shih Tzu. Bathing needs to be done
once a month. This breed also needs a clipping of the matting on the feet.
They should be brushed daily in order to remove and prevent mats from forming
in the fur. Minimal exercise is needed, but they will love to play outdoors.
Activity: Indoors - High.
Outdoors - Low.
Health Issues: Kidney disorder, allergies, cleft palate, eye problems, renal disease, and von Willebrand's disease.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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