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TheShih Tzu dog breed (pronounced Sheed Zoo) is an ancient royal dog. This breed of dog is a native of Tibet and the word Shih Tzu means “Lion Dog” in Chinese. In ancient times this breed was very popular in Chinese royalty families. It is believed that Lhasa Apso was crossed with Pekingese to produce the Shih Tzu dog breed. During World War II the first Shih Tzu pair was imported to England. The Shih Tzu dog breed reached in the United States during 1950’s and recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1969. Now Shih Tzu dogs and puppies are one of the most popular Companion Dogs in the world.
The Shih Tzu dog puppy is a small. Some breedes will use terms like Micro, Tiny,Teacup and Toy to describe very small Shih Tzu dogs and puppies. It is a very sturdy and beautiful breed of dog. Shih Tzu dog body is slightly longer then its height. The head of Shih Tzu is round and broad; chest is broad and deep; eyes are dark and set well apart; nose is generally black; muzzle is short and square in shape; face has long beard and mustache; teeth meet in a level or under bite; large and drop ears are covered with fur; legs are short, straight and strong; tail is heavily furred and curled over the back. The double coat of this breed of dog is long, dense and flowing down. The Shih Tzu coat can be of any color.
Shih Tzu puppies and dogs are very lively, alert,smart,funny, loyal, affectionate and intelligent companion dog. Without proper training it may not interact well with young children. But if you train them well they will be your childs best friend. Shih Tzu is easy to train and with thorough training and attention it can be a wonderful family pet. It is advisable to subject them to socialization at an early age,starting about 8-9 weeks as they can get a little snappy at times. The Shih Tzu puppy dog loves company and requires a lot of human attention. Leaving it alone for too long can lead to behavioral problems. Due to its small size this breed of dog is a perfect fit for someone living in a city and apartment life.
The Shih Tzu dog breed sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy suffers. Its long and silky coat needs extensive grooming. The coat needs to be brushed 4-5 times a week with a firm bristle brush to avoid any tangles and matt. The coat should also be trimmed regularly to prevent matting of the hair. It should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath. Generally a topknot is tied to keep the hair out of the dog’s eyes. Its eyes and ears need to be cleaned regularly to avoid any infection. Its nail and, the hair around ears, eyes and paws should be trimmed regularly.
It is a fairly active breed. A daily walk is sufficient to keep the dog healthy both physically and mentally. Supplementing it with a romp is an open area is good for the overall health of the breed. It is sensitive to very high temperature so should be adequately protected. This dog has a tendency to gain weight quickly so overfeeding should be avoided.
Here is a nice video about the Shih-Tzu dog breed. Enjoy!