Origin: The Shih Tzu, also known as ‘Shih Tzu Kou’ means ‘Lion Dog,’ originated in Tibet in the 1600s. They enjoyed the status of holy dogs as they were associated with Buddhism. The (modern-day) Shih Tzu developed in China during Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi in the 1800s. They are a result of a cross between Pekingese with Lhasa Apso. The breed got recognition from the American Kennel Club in 1969. They are known to be one of the most popular toy breeds in the world.
Size: A Shih Tzu stands 9-10 inches tall at the shoulder, and their weight ranges from 9-16 pounds. It is slightly longer than tall, and it should have a head and tail in correct physical proportion.
Coat: The Shih Tzu has a long and silky double coat, which is somewhat similar to human hair texture. They come in a variety of colors which include black, white, grey, red, and beige. A Shih Tzu hair falls just like humans. A Shih Tzu with a white tip on the tail and a top knot on its head is quite expensive.
Temperament: Shih Tzu, one of the most famous lapdogs, is a forever loyal companion. They are a friendly, affectionate, cheerful, social, and independent breed of dogs. It’s such an adorable and loving pup that it is nearly impossible to resist. Shih Tzu loves to be around their family. They are the happiest when they are with their family, so don’t expect them to be watchdogs. They love giving and taking attention from their favorite person in the family. Don’t get surprised if they bark at the strangers and turn shy in front of the visitors. Soon they will be friendly with them and please everyone with their charming looks. Shih Tzu gets along well with kids and other pets.
Care: Shih Tzu does not mind where they live as long as they are with their family. They adapt the place quite easily, whether it’s a small apartment or a big house. Their energy requirements are moderate. They do not need a lot of exercise; a short walk or a run in the park is enough to balance their mental and physical growth. Make training sessions fun and reward your pet with treats to encourage it. Please don’t leave your pup at an extremely high temperature as they cannot handle it. Daily brushing and combing are required to keep their coat in position. Teach your pup to accept grooming from a young age to make it fun for both you and your pet. It is a little complicated to groom a Shih Tzu, so you may hire a professional groomer or visit a salon twice or thrice a month.
Health: A Shih Tzu is generally considered a healthy breed, but as with other breeds, some health issues are common in them, which one should be aware of. Hip Dysplasia, patellar Luxation, Juvenile Renal Dysplasia, Bladder stones, and infections are major concerns seen in a Shih Tzu. Eye infections, reverse sneezing, ear infections, and snuffles are common health problems that a Shih Tzu can suffer. Make sure to get the health clearance when planning to get this tiny pup home.