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Shih Tzu Dog
Shih Tzu:

The Shih Tzu is a purebred dog registered with most official kennel clubs including the American Kennel Club. Shih Tzu dogs are in the toy group. It has a unique history originating from Tibet. DNA tests have recently shown that they may be one of the oldest dog breeds.  Shih Tzu’s may have originated from mixing the Pekingese with the Tibetan dog, the Lhasa Apso. Like the Pekingese, this breed was also bred to sit around the palace of the Emperor of China and bark when people approached. It’s also known as a Shitzu.

Appearance:
The Shih Tzu is a tiny dog averaging nine inches in height. It has a long and soft white coat. Other colors are acceptable such as black, red or tan.  Some Shitzu’s will have white mixed with another color. Their coat tangles easily which causes them to need frequent brushing. Their hair grows fast and gets very long so it is best to have them see a professional groomer every 6 weeks to keep them looking their best. To keep their hair out of their eyes a bow or barrette is often used. Shih Tzu’s do not shed. Their most striking feature is their beautiful coat and the way they carry themselves.  There are not many people who would argue that they are simply beautiful and easy to fall in love with.  Shih Tzu dogs have a gentle personality that goes well with the look that they have and this makes them absolutely charming creatures.

Personality:
The Shih Tzu puppy is a very affectionate, sociable and cheerful dog. They can be quite adorable. They are smart and very lovable. They seldom bark.  Like many dogs in the toy group however they are not the easiest of dogs to train.  They tend towards stubbornness. Shih Tzu puppies are not overly keen to learn tricks or obey their master, but they do carry themselves with grace and appear proud. They can get along with children and other pets because they like company. They can be very smart and often appear to be very happy dogs. Shih Tzu dogs love to cuddle which can make them charming.  They can easily win over someone’s heart.

Shih Tzu lifestyle:
The Shih Tzu may be the perfect small breed dog for someone who is looking for a loving and loyal companion.  The Shitzu adores cuddling and is sociable and charming. It doesn’t shed and has little dander so it is great for someone who wants a dog but is allergic to most dogs. A Shitzu is not the ideal breed for someone who wants to enter dog obedience competitions but on the other hand if they love to train dogs and like a challenge, with a lot of determination and patience they might win in their own breed category competing against the other breeds in the toy group. The Shih Tzu breed does not need a terrible amount of exercise. They have a beautiful coat which requires a lot of care.  These features would not make a Shih Tzu puppy well suited to country life or farm life.  Shih Tzu dogs can on the other hand be quite content in the city living in an apartment.

 

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