The Shih Tzu Breed

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The Shih Tzu Breed

The Shih Tzu Breed

History of the BreedWhile many associate the breed with Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, who ruled in China from 1861-1908 and considered the dogs sacred, the Shih Tzu appear in tapestries dating as far back as 2000 years ago. While their origin is not fully clear, there is evidence that the breed was developed by Tibetan monks who offered the temple dogs as gifts to the emperors of China. Called Shih-tzu Kou in traditional Chinese, which literally means "Lion Dog," the breed's lion-like facail features were revered in Imperial courts becasue Buddha was said to have ridden to earth on the back of a lion.

Closely related to the Tibetan spaniels and Pekingnese of Tibet

Common HybridsShih-pooShorkieMal-ShiShineseShi-chon

Quick FactsAverage height: 8-11 inAverage weight: 9-16 lbsAverage life span: 10-18 yrs

The energy levels of Shih Tzus are relatively short-lived; exerting much energy for a very short period, and then collapsing on the floor for a long nap.

Shih Tzus suffer from many of the helath problems common to tiny dogs and have a few particular health problems of their own.

They have a luxurious, double-coated, dense, long, and flowing coat. They require a good daily grooming using a bristle brush.

Shih Tzus are intelligent dogs, and they like learning. They are good in obedience classes and can do great in agility and obedience competitions. They may take a little more time during training, and housebreaking cn be a problem due to the dog's stubborness.

TemperamentTends to like dogs and childrenEnjoys play datesPlayful and mischevious Can easily become picky eatersStubborn, difficult to housebreakCan develop obnoxious levels of barking, chewing, and other undesirable behaviors if bored, untrained, or unsupervisedCan deveop Small Dog Syndrome: human induced behaviors where the dog believes he is the boss of humans


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