Meet The Alert And Spunky Shih-Tzu Dog Breed

The Shih-Tzu is a corollary of the breeding of the Tibetan Lhasa Apso with the Pekinese while the 17th century and Peking. However, England wouldn't see the first pair until the 1930s when they were allowed to be imported. Today, the spunky old dog is a favorite pet as well as a show dog favorite.

Admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1969, the Shih-Tzu is part of the toy group. This breed weighs from 9 to 16 pounds and is colse to 11 inches tall

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This breed is small and sturdy resembling the Lhasa Apso and having an abundant coat consisting of a woolly undercoat any long overcoat of hair. The hair above the nose grows upward which creates a unique shape, sometimes referred to as a chrysanthemum shape for the face. The Shih-Tzu has a mustache and beard along with a short hairy muzzle and black nose. The eyes are dark, large and round. The pendant shaped ears are covered with hair which causes them to blend right in to the rest of the dogs body. He has a plumed tale which he carries curled over his back. These dogs come in all colors, but show dogs must have white on the forehead as well as the tip of the tail.

The Shih-Tzu is a little dog with a lot of character. Sometimes they can seem a bit arrogant, but they do tend to make friends literally even when they are being obstinate. This alert and spunky breed is playful and affectionate but does not cope well if left on his own and needs to spend a lot of time with his family. They are ordinarily pretty quiet when indoors, but have been known to be a bit stubborn and can bark when they want to.

Since Shih-Tzus have a short muzzle, they can wheeze and snore a bit and also can be prone to respiratory, ear and eye problems. In some Shih-Tzus which have short legs and long backs, spinal disc disease can be a problem. Like most small dogs, they can be prone to tooth decay and need to have quarterly dental care. They can also gain weight literally and should not be overfed.

The Shih-Tzu can be active in doors and is well great to apartment living. Of course, they do need to be exercised with the daily walk and they can have a tendency to come to be lazy if rehearsal is not part of their routine.

Daily grooming is a must with this long-haired breed which should be brushed with a bristle brush. It's also a good idea to put the hair up in a little ponytail to keep it out of the dogs eyes. You should make sure that the eyes are cleaned ordinarily and the ear passages as well. Even though this dog breed does have a lot of hair, it does not shed.

Meet The Alert And Spunky Shih-Tzu Dog Breed