This information is an accumulation of Opinions, Our History , and observations and general studies of others combined into a short picture to describe our Shih Tzu of today. Information has been gathered from the internet, renowned books, literature, and of course my experience living with these darlings.
I hope this gives you a clear perspective of this fun little dog and if you choose to add one to your family the insight to understand their behavior and being.
Shih Tzu is pronounced SHEED-zoo. This is usually the first question asked by many people. The Meaning of Shih Tzu is Lion Dog.
They are more than 1,000 Years Old and were well known in East Asia. They came from Tibet and their ancestors actually existed in China 1,000 B.C.
Shih Tzu Are Also Called Chrysanthemum-Faced Dogs” and Lion Dogs.
Shih Tzu Were Nearly extinct during the Communist Revolution
American soldiers in European countries brought Shih Tzu back to the United States with them in the late 1940s and 1950s.
This breed is more a cutie breed than a sporty breed. However they are very well built and sturdy
Shih Tzu’s are content to lie around and nap when their owners aren’t around.
Shih Tzu have happy temperaments, they are lively and friendly.
They get along well with people of all ages and with other pets. Rarely will you find a snippy Shih Tzu.
Shih Tzu thrive on human company. They can easily become spoiled.
Males: 9-16 lbs. Females: 9-16 lbs.
Male:10 in. Female: 10 in.
Brachycephalic Breed meaning squashed face with foppy ears
Energy Level: Average
Life Range:11-16 yrs.
Tendency to Bark: Medium
Tendency to Dig: Moderate
Social/Attention Needs: Expected
Bred For: Lapdog
Hair Length: Grows Long. Not fur: Straight
Grooming is high maintenance unless trimmed short
AKC: Toy Breed
UKC: Companion Dog
Shih Tzu are quick to mature, reaching adult size by about 10 months.
The Shih Tzu is often slightly longer than tall,sturdy body and a good-sized head. The muzzle is quite short, with an undershot bite. The head is rounded and the eyes are quite prominent. The tail is carried gaily curled up over the back. The gait is long and swift for such a small dog.
The Shih Tzu is covered with long straight hair. This double coat does require a fair amount of upkeep, especially if left long on these short dogs so that it sweeps the ground. Any color is acceptable for the coat, but dark pigment is preferred around the eyes and on the nose. Shih Tzu tends to be fairly hardy little dogs and often live to 14 or 15 years of age.
They thrive on human company and can easily become spoiled. They enjoy training and learning tricks, making them the center of attention. They enjoy people of all ages. Do not count on your Shih Tzu to guard the house. They are not guard dogs.
Sources acquired from online study and personal observation
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