The Shih Tzu is an Asian toy dog breed originating from Tibet. This breed is well-known for their short snout and large round eyes. They’re highly intelligent, friendly, outgoing, family friendly and playful while being compatible for small spaces like apartments. They make quick friends with everyone they meet.
They have royal gait, and the movement of the tail is often referred as “merry action”. they are outgoing, trustworthy, and eager-to-please family dogs, and relatively easy to train.
They take a joyous nature towards life and maintain the puppyish behaviour for life.
Shih tzus sometimes deal with ear infections, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation (a slipped kneecap), umbilical hernias, and a portosystemic liver shunt (a congenital abnormality in which blood vessels allow blood to bypass the liver). All of these issues are treatable.
The Shih Tzu is known for having a sensitive stomach. Sudden changes to their diet can be quite a shock to their system and they have been found to be at an increased risk of experiencing food allergies.
Shih Tzu puppies are needed to be given a quality diet that is specifically formulated for puppies. As they are expending a lot of energy on growing, their food needs to be balanced.
Chicken and lamb meat are the best source of protein for them. Soft boiled eggs, pumpkins and sweet potatoes also make a healthy diet choice for them.
Grooming and shedding
They have a thick long dense coat and grooming is an essential part of care. To prevent tangles, bathe your pup weekly and brush (and comb) it’s hair daily. Starting when it’s a puppy, so it gets used to grooming. Teach your shih tzu to lay on its side while you brush her hair in sections. Nails should also be trimmed monthly and you’ll need to check ears for dirt, redness and odor. You’ll also spend time cleaning up your shih tzu’s face.
The Shih Tzu breed has a double coat of hair, a shorter inner layer and a long outer layer. The Shih Tzu has hair as opposed to fur. They are light shedders and their shedding process is slow and long.
They’re available in brown, chocolate, liver red, gold, yellow, black and white colours and bicolor and brindle patterns.
According to the Shih Tzu Club, this breed dates back at least 1,000 years, with records of “under the table” dogs appearing in China all the way back to 8,000 B.C. It’s believed they were originally bred in Tibet. Some say that Tibetan monks and the tiny dogs were sent to the Chinese emperors as gifts. It’s believed the Chinese then bred them with Pekingese and pugs or Lhasa apsos to create the shih tzu we know today.
Interesting facts about Golden Retriever
- Folklore says Buddha traveled with a little dog believed to be a shih tzu. One day while they were traveling, robbers approached Buddha and the little dog transformed into a ferocious lion, scaring off the robbers and saving Buddha’s life.
- When shih tzus were facing extinction, seven males and seven females were used to rebuild the breed. Today, every shih tzu can be traced to those 14 dogs.
- Their name means “Little Lion”.
- They originated from Tibet.