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The Shih Tzu is originally from Tibet. It is a small but big-hearted dog.
Shih Tzu Dogs origins take us to Tibet, where these dogs were seen for the first time (some documents mention them back in the 16th century). Sometime later the standard breed was developed in China, at the beginning of the 20th century. Rapidly this breed became one of the most famous in imperial palaces and the most “precious” gift from the monks to the emperors.
The breed was fully recognized back in 1934, once it arrived in the West, precisely to the UK, where the first Shih Tzu puppy arrived in 1930. Since then, this breed’s fame has increased enormously. Nowadays, without any doubts, it is one of the most loved companion dogs in the world.
Shih Tzu: Aspect and Characteristics
Even though this is a small dog breed, we can say that this is a strong dog. Buddhists used to shave the dogs making them look like little lions. Generally, the Shih Tzu lives around 10 to 16 years.
The Shih Tzu is a strong and muscular dog, it has a particular characteristic: its coat is long and silky and never falls down, in fact it is ideal for allergic people, as the Shih Tzu does not shed hair.
Some Shih Tzu Dogs present many colors but some have just one. We can mention the different coat combination that this breed could present:
- White and red,
- Silver and White,
- White and Gold,
Colors such as blue are not as common as others.
The Shih Tzu has a cute face, a proud expression with a fringe and a funny nose; all that hair that grows up makes them look truly like a Chrysanthemum flower. Its eyes are mostly dark, its floppy ears dangle in a funny way and the tail looks like a pom pom with curls on the back.
Their average size is 10 inches at the withers and they weigh less than 11 lb. Obviously, each particular dog has different traits, but those are their measures in general.
Shih Tzu: Temperament
Their name might be difficult to pronounce but you will love them; the Shih Tzu are charming dogs who love cuddling all day. They adore being in contact with human beings, and of course with their family, they will do anything for them.
At first they can be elusive, shy and suspicious with strangers and other dogs, but with a little time they can play endlessly without any problem.
Shih Tzu Dogs are extremely smart and regardless of their height they are brave. But watch out! They also have a “defect”: They are moody; it is just a characteristic that could be worked on with some specific training. They will answer to any order given without protest.
Shih Tzu: Health
The Shih Tzu is not a quiet dog, they snore while sleeping and some of them have respiratory problems. This problem is due to the shape of their face and head.
This breed is prone to have some diseases, like spinal disc herniation (because the back paws are shorter). But also, their teeth require meticulous care.
The eyes must be constantly controlled as they usually present some difficulties.
Shih Tzu: Feeding
What kind of food is recommended to give your Shih Tzu a healthy, nutritious and well-balanced diet? We advise to give your dog no more than 0.5 lb. of white meat, rice or vegetables every day, since the Shih Tzu can gain weight easily.
You can feed them fish a couple of times a week. Processed dog food, such as kibbles, are ideal because they have the perfect amount of calories they must ingest. You can also cook homemade meals, but must be careful when preparing them, so they have the proper amount of calories and nutrients.
Despite being able to live in an apartment, the Shih Tzu requires one or two walks a day. In summer time, when the temperatures are too high, we don’t recommend taking them in walks when it’s too sunny; as they can suffer from heat strokes. It is advised to cut off their fur very short during the hottest months of the year.
Shih Tzu: Puppies and Price
The Shih Tzu puppy can cost between 1000 or 1800 dollars, 900-1600 English pounds; the price depends of the kind of pedigree you want to purchase.
We recommend acquiring your puppy only from certified breeders, and not with private sellers; it’s essential to receive the proper documentation and genealogical background of your new pet dog.
Shih Tzu: Breeders and Puppies For Sale
It is imperative to purchase from a reliable breeder, to insure that your puppy has been:
- Raised to have good character and good health;
- Carefully selected (its parents were chosen without any genetic diseases);
- Properly socialized, so that it is not too aggressive or fearful;
- Vaccinated and well-cared for.
When you adopt a puppy, a reliable breeder provides you with an official veterinarian certificate, in which it is formally stipulated that the animal is in perfect health and dewormed.
You can ask for a pedigree certificate, which allows you to check your dog breed´s purity. An animal with pedigree has certain characteristics that distinguish it among the others.
Now that we mention the most important aspects, you can go to your new 4 legged friend, who is certainly waiting for you.
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