Thinking about purchasing an Shih Tzu? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Shih Tzu breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Shih Tzu owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Shih Tzu and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Shih Tzu Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Shih Tzu and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Shih Tzu Profile
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
Height: 8 - 11
Colors: Shih Tzus
come in all colors and all patterns.
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.
Shih Tzu 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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