|Country of Origin||China|
|Nicknames and Other Names||Chinese Lion Dog|
|Scientific Name||Canis lupus familiaris|
|Bred For||Companion and watchdogs|
|Recognized By||AKC, FCI, CKC, KC, NZKC, ANKC, UKC|
|Life Span||10-18 years|
|Ideal Weight||9-16 pounds (male and female)|
|Ideal Height||9-10.5 inches (male and female)|
|Fur Type||Double-coated, long, dense, flowing|
|Common Colors||Black, Black and White, Brindle, |
Gold, Liver, Red, red and White,
Blue and White
|Markings||Black mask, White markings, |
Tan markings, Black markings
|Achievements||Known as ‘the Lion Dog’|
|Suitable for Apartments||Yes|
|Used in World War||No|
|Most Similar To||Tibetan Spaniel|
Shih Tzu is a loving canine who was originally bred for royalty in China and is still considered as a Prince among dogs.
The Shih Tzu possesses an impressive expression and is happy dogs which tend to require a large amount of attention.
Origin & History Of Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is believed to be originated in Tibet where they were bred by Tibetan monks as a tiny replica of a lion. They used to serve as companion and watchdogs to the monks in the lamaseries.
The Shih Tzu was represented by the monks as a tribute to Chinese rulers, and even their name was given by the Chinese imperial court; Shih Tzu means “little lion” or “lion dog.” The Chinese gave one more name “chrysanthemum dog” as their hair on their face grows all over like petals of the flower.
The AKC recognized this breed in 1969.
Are They Child-Friendly?
Shih Tzu is an energetic dog breed which gets very well with children including the toddlers. They are very playful and as like with other small dogs they look at children as small pets. They do play with children as their siblings, therefore nipping and scratching are common in their playing.
But unwanted incident can be minimized with proper training and socialization and you need to make sure that they should never get the idea that their this behavior is acceptable.
Temperament, Personality, And Behavior
Temperament: The Shih Tzu is a popular breed well known for their perky, happy and affectionate temperaments. They are very lively and friendly by nature and get along with people of all ages and even with other dogs and pets as well.
Personality: The personality of Shih Tzu is a dynamic mixture of an attentive and affectionate lap-dog and an amazing companion. They are very devoted to their family and staying around its family members to make them happy.
These little fellows are rarely snippy but you will find most of them very sweet and loving. They are generally trustworthy and are quite enthusiastic. They are never snobby or aggressive towards anyone.
If you see any negative temperaments in them, then it’s that their people-oriented tendencies are making them very clingy. As they are small in size, therefore they fit in even the smallest of apartments, their eagerness to please and desire to love and to be loved behavior can make them suffer to separation anxiety in the absence of their people.
Training a Shih Tzu can be easy if lots of praises and treats are included in their training. They tend to be stubborn but once you make them realize that you are offering them treats for being obedient, they will generally come around quickly.
Training should be started early and their training sessions should be short and interesting so that they show interest in their training and learns quickly.
Fun facts about Shih Tzu:
- Many celebrities include Nicole Richie, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Colin Farell, Bill Gates, and even Queen Elizabeth II had once owned this breed
- The Sih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty.
- AKC has ranked them 10th among the breeds they have registered.
Shih Tzus are generally healthy, but like all breeds of dogs, they’re prone to certain conditions and diseases, which include:
- Patellar luxation: The knee joint slides in and out of places and cause pain.
- Canine hip dysplasia: An abnormal formation of the hip socket that can cause pain and lameness.
- Eye problems: It
iscommon among Shih Tzus because their large eyes bulge.
The Shih Tzu are found in ten color patterns:
- Liver and White
- Light Brown
- Dark Brown
- Black and White
- Blue Gold.
Some of the toy breed dogs give birth to 1-3 puppies at a time but Shih Tzu
Which Dogs Are They Similar To?
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