Revel in Learning All about the Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a wonderful miniature dog; abut 8 to 11 inches in height and 9 to16 pounds in weight. The look of the Shih Tzu is extremely beautiful. It has a double coat – one long-haired luxuriant coat and the other soft and wooly. The hair on its head is usually combed into a top knot to keep it from falling into its eyes.

The Shih Tzu or the Small Lion (the Chinese meaning of its name), as it is popularly known, originates from Tibet. When learning about the history of the Shih Tzu, we see that it was a favorite pet of the Emperors of Manchu Dynasty of China around 19th century where they flourished. They reached China as gifts from Tibetan monks to the emperors of that time. Since they looked like lions, they were named as the Tibetan Shih Tzu, or the Tibetan Lion. These dogs reached England around 1930 and from there they were brought to US by American soldiers. The breed was instantly accepted by people there because of the breeds’ beauty and friendly attitude.

What Do People Love about the Shih Tzu?

The Shih Tzu is a people’s dog. They love to be with people and around people. They are basically dogs who need to be around someone and often become destructive and cranky if left alone for long periods of time. They are calm and sweet by temperament and go along with everybody - people and/or animals - without any effort. It is however not advisable to leave them around small children lest anyone be harmed.

The Shih Tzu puppies and adult dogs need a lot of grooming since it has two coats of hair – one short undercoat and one sweepingly long. The hair has to be combed daily to keep it from tangling and matting. They need to be bathed often and they fall easily sick if exposed to high humidity content in the air, hence should be brought to live in climates, which are not too humid. Their teeth need special attention since they have a tendency of falling when the dog crosses into middle age (9 years old and onwards).

Reading about the physical appearance of the Shih Tzu reveals that their short, flat face interferes with their breathing and you might find them snoring loudly and breathing with a wheezing sound. They are prone to obesity and should not be overfed. They tend to become and behave like spoiled brats easily.

The Shih Tzu breed is basically stubborn and hence they could be difficult to train. House training has been a problematic aspect in many cases – and it takes a lot of perseverance to get them do what you want. They learn only through positive reinforcement and patience; harshness has no positive effect on these dogs.

These dogs are indoor dogs and they are happy to live in apartments and small-enclosed places. They do not need too much exercise as such. However, they love outdoors and enjoy games. In order to understand this breed better, you will need to know as much about the Shih Tzu as possible. A good place to then start is with the history and origin of the Shih Tzu.

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