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    Shih Tzu: Breed Guide

    Articledog breed guidesFriday 18 April 2014
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    If you arrived here searching for Shih Tzu puppies for sale please check the classified ads section. However, the following advices might be of interest for you so why don't you read these few lines before you leave for the quest?

    Shih Tzu puppies are an increasingly popular breed choice for dog owners.

    Many people are attracted to owning a Shih Tzu puppy because they are small and friendly dogs. They do not need too much exercise or space, so these dogs can live in a number of different places.

    See the following guide if you are considering a Shihtzu as companion:   

    Origin

    Shih Tzu puppies originate from China and were traditionally royal dogs for over a thousand years. In Tibet, they were bred by monks with others similar breeds such as the Lhasa Apso.

    It was not until the 1950s that the Shih Tzu dog was brought to the West where they quickly became a popular breed.

    Shihtzu Puppy Appearance

    Shih Tzu puppies are small and sturdy with a long double coat.

    They are usually between 8 and 11 inches at the withers and weigh between 9 and 16lbs in adulthood. Generally, a Shih Tzu will have black eyes, lips and noses. Their all over colour can vary and include white, back, silver, liver, red and blue. Many will have a combination of some of these colours.

    These dogs can live to be 16 years old.

    Temperament

    Shihtzu puppies are playful and lively dogs. However, as with most small breeds, they can develop behavioural problems if they are spoiled by their owners too much. This could include excessive barking, snapping and separation anxiety.

    Training the Shih Tzu puppy firmly will result in a well-behaved and loyal companion.

    Health Issues

    Unfortunately, Shihtzu puppies are prone to certain health problems. These include:

    •    Renal dysplasia (kidney disease)
    •    Back and knee problems
    •    Breathing issues
    •    Obesity (due to overfeeding)

    Care

    If you are looking for Shihtzu puppies it will be helpful for yo to know that this breed does not need to exercise as much as some larger breeds.

    However, the dog will require a walk at least once a day. A Shih Tzu puppy also requires grooming and attention to his coat to prevent tangles or skin issues.

    You can find specific caring tips for this breed and others browsing the advices section.

     

     

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