Shih Tzu's are an ancient breed(over 1,000 years old) originally from Tibet and then sent
to China where they became highly prized for companionship. They are for the most part a healthy
breed with a non combative temperament. This makes them exellent companions for anyone,
especially if you want more than ONE!!
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Shih Tzu (pronunced Sheed zoo) are in the toy group ans should stand at about 11 inches at the withers
with average weight 10 to 15 lbs. They are sturdy, lively, loving toy dogs with a long flowing
double coat that comes in a variety of colors. Their size and temperament make them excellent
pets for the elderly or for apartment dwelling. Unlike the terrior breeds they are very social so
having several is not a problem.
They are thought to be a cross between the Lhaso Apso and the Pekingese and some
believe they have a little pug thrown into the mix.. They have a life expectance of
10 to 18 years and should weigh in the 10 to 15 pound range. It is interesting that
Shih Tzu means lion in the region they came from and lion symbolized royalty, strength
and bravery--fearless, act quickly, While that fits their personality it is hard for
me to picture these little loving dogs as a fearless roaring lion.
They are confident, outgoing and naturally friendly, bred to be loving companions, easy to train,
They prefer to be a lap dog, but can romp and play as they keep you laughing
at their antics. If you like color then Shih Tzu will give you color as they come in
19 different color combinations. Don't be surprised as they grow up that the coat changes
color. Not always but definitely can change depending on genetics. Solid colors are more
rare as most will have a combinaiton of one or two different colors and white.
It is very hard to resist that precious Shih Tzu face with those inquisitive eyes looking back at you.
Because of their short faces they do not tolerate heat well so prefer to stay inside in air
conditioning during the heat of the day. They are a good choice for those with allergies as they do not
shed much if brushed daily..
If you prefer maintance free then take them to groomer every 6 to 8 weeks and have them shaved.
Otherwise spend a few minutes each day brushing out that beautiful long flowing coat.
For more info on this loving, playful little breed visit https://shihtzu.org/about_our_breed.
To help you in your search for the right breeder and companion you should read the breed standard
to make sure your puppies falls within this range. Smaller is not better as the smaller
you breed a dog the more health issues you can have. They beocme more nervous and anxious also.
The standard is written to give you guidelines on the best of any breed. See the link below to
read the standard for the Shih Tzu:
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