Shih Tzu Information
The Shih Tzu may just win an award for staying power and popularity. It is believed the breed originated in Tibet in China around 800 B.C. Of all the dog breeds in existence today, he is the 17th most popular dog in the United States. Why? You could chalk it up to his sweet face, compact little frame (between 9 to 16 pounds) and long, beautiful fur. Or maybe it’s his affectionate, playful personality.
Shih Tzu owners can attest to the charm and wit the breed exudes. These little “Lion Dogs” as they were once called are wonderfully fun to be around. Just get ready to put the time into grooming their luscious locks.
Shih Tzu History
The Shih Tzu originates from the area of China and is thought to be a cross between the Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso. These styles of dogs were kept by the Chinese royals, who were so attached to them that they were unwilling to trade or sell them. The first time the breed reached Europe was around 1930. The breed was then spread to the US after World War II.
Shih Tzu Training & Temperament
The Shih Tzu loves its owners but can be a bit stubborn. They are best trained with positive reenforcement and it’s a good idea to socialize them early. They tend to get along with any people if socialized properly and are suitable for families.
Shih Tzu Exercise
The Shih Tzu requires minimal exercise and make an easy going house companion. They enjoy short daily walks and some indoor playtime to keep them happy and healthy.
Shih Tzu Grooming
A Shih Tzu can have long hair or be clipped into a puppy trim by a groomer. If the coat is kept long it requires daily brushing. It needs to be bathed about every 3-4 weeks. The hair near the eyes can either be trimmed or pulled into a top knot to keep it from getting in their eyes. Nails and ears should be checked and trimmed/cleaned.
Shih Tzu Health
Shih Tzu are generally a health dog. Pay attention to their eyes to see if there is any irritation. They don’t do well in the heat or water with their long coats, be sure to limit exposure to the elements.