Revel in Learning All About the Shih Tzu

The dogs of the Shih Tzu breed are small sized, just from 8 inches up to 11 inches in height and weigh from 9 pounds up to 16 pounds. The Shih Tzu appear to be extremely beautiful dogs. The coat of this breeds’ dogs is double: on the inside they wear a soft and wooly fur protected on the outside by a long-haired, luxuriant coat. Because the lenght of the hair on their heads, that could cover their eyes, the owners must comb it into a top knot.

The Shih Tzu or the Small Lion (the Chinese meaning of its name), as it is popularly known, originates from Tibet. Because they were secretly breeded at a monastry in Tibet, there are no available information, at least in english, about this breed’s origins and ancestors or about its’ history in the tibetan mountains, the first known documents mentioning only they were the favorite pets of the Manchu Dynasty Emperors of China, where the breed flourished around the 19th century. They reached China as gifts from Tibetan monks to the emperors of that time. Due to the fact their were resembling to little lions because of their long-haired luxuriant brown coat, these dogs were named by chinese the Tibetan Shih Tzu, meaning in english the Tibetan Lions. At the end of the World War II, these dogs were brought to the United States by American soldiers, via the Great Britain, where the breed had been imported around 1930. Beeing so beautiful and having a friendly attitude, these dogs were instantly accepted by both En glish and American people.

What Do People Love about the Shih Tzu?

The Shih Tzu dogs are popular all over the world. They love to be with people and around people. When they were left alone for a too long time, they can become cranky or act distructively. They are dogs to go along with everybody, either people or animals, and their temperament is calm and sweet. However, adults need to supervise small children when playing with these dogs in order that neither of them to 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. Though they need frequent baths, they must not be exposed to humid environment as they can fall easily sick. Their teeth need special attention since they have a tendency of falling when the dog crosses into middle age (9 years old and onwards).

They breathe with a wheezing sound and snor loudly because of theirs’ short and flat faces. Shih Tzu dogs tend to get obese so owners must not overfeed them. Owners should not spoil them because they won’t listen to him anymore.

The Shih Tzu breed is basically stubborn and hence they could be difficult to train. It is hard to train them at home. Patience and not harshness makes efficient training.

As indoor dogs, they don’t need more than an apartment to live. And there is no need of much exercise. But as many possible games, both into the house and outdoors. 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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The Shih Tzu breed originates in Tibet, but was first documented at the Imperial Court in China, in the 19th century, during the Manchu Dynasty. They are small dogs, up to 11 inches in height and 16 pounds in weight and have two coats, one long-haired luxuriant coat covering the soft and wooly fur. Shih Tzu are indoors dogs, they can be hold in apartments and need little outdoors exercise, but a lot of game playing.

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