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Breed Group: Toy
Shih Tzu

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Weight
9 - 16 lbs
Height
8 - 11 inches
Color(s)
Any
Overview
The Shih Tzu is often referred to as a "small lion". They originated in Tibet, but are most associated with China where they were highly revered as a palace pet and prized companion. The Shih Tzu is an active, happy, and affectionate breed.
Character
The Shih Tzu is small, sturdy, and intelligent. They carry themselves with a noble and proud posture befitting their aristocratic ancestry. One of their most valued characteristics is the eye, which exude warmth and a human-like quality. The Shih Tzu is the least delicate of the toy breeds.
Temperament
The Shih Tzu is first and foremost a companion. They love nothing more than being indoors with their family. This breed gets along very well with older children and other pets. They are outgoing and self-assured, keen and alert. They make excellent watchdogs. They do not do well being separated from their owners and may become destructive if left alone for extended periods of time. They are docile and quiet, but they also love to play. The Shih Tzu is spunky and can be obstinate at times. They expect to be treated as royalty and are easily spoiled.
Care
The Shih Tzu requires extensive grooming. They need brushed daily to prevent knots, tangles, and mats. They need to be bathed monthly. They are not suited for humid climates. It is important to keep their eyes and ears cleaned. Their eyes are particularly sensitive. They are prone to kidney disease and slipping kneecaps. The Shih Tzu's short muzzle makes it exceptionally prone to snoring and wheezing problems. Dental hygiene is crucial to prevent tooth loss. They tend to gain weight easily and must not be overfed.
Coat
The Shih Tzu has a long, dense, and abundant double-coat. The luxurious and profuse outer-coat often sweeps the ground, and may be slightly wavy. The under-coat is wooly and soft in texture. The long hair on top of the head is typically placed into a topknot to prevent eye irritation. The Shih Tzu coat varies widely in color. They are minimal shedders and are considered hypoallergenic.
Training
The Shih Tzu may be difficult to housetrain. The crate method works best. Although they are eager to please, and quick to learn, this breed's stubborn streak requires persistence and consistency. They do not respond to harshness or punishment. The Shih Tzu does very well in obedience training provided it is low-key and motivational.
Activity
The Shih Tzu enjoys short daily walks or vigorous indoor play sessions and games. They are very well suited for apartment or condominium dwelling. However, they love to play outside, so a small fenced yard is ideal.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Shih Tzu puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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CO Sweetwater Shih Tzu
Member Since: November 2006
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
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CO Sweetwater Shih Tzu is located in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. We raise healthy, happy, AKC registered Shih Tzu in our home as part of our family. Our prices start at $600 and go to $900. We do offer shipping at buyer's expense. All dogs come with one year guarantee, cu...

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Anonymous asked:

8/17/2014 4:25:42 AM

8/17/2014 4:25:42 AM

How to take care of Shih Tzu pups and what is suitable climate for them?

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Anonymous

Unless you are a responsible, dedicated and knowledgeable breeder, you shouldn't be breeding puppies. If you are an aspiring Shih Tzu breeder, then go to some dog shows and get in contact with a responsible/qualified breeder in your area. As for the puppies themselves, they need to be kept at certain temperatures during each stage of their development while they are in a breeder's care before they go off to their new homes. If you already have puppies on the ground, or have a pregnant bitch, then please contact your vet and a responsible breeder in your area for support and advice on your specific situation.
8/18/2014 11:24:05 PM

Anonymous asked:

4/26/2014 8:48:21 PM

4/26/2014 8:48:21 PM

How long does a Shih Tzu carry puppies?

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Anonymous

All dogs carry their puppies for the same length of time. The average is 60-68 days, but basically day 62 and day 63 are the two bingo days. If you have a pregnant dog, your dog should be going to the vet regularly and he/she can answer all the questions you have.
4/29/2014 3:44:25 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/15/2014 1:38:36 PM

3/15/2014 1:38:36 PM

Why does hair fall off my Shih Tzu I just adopted this Shih Tzu and some of her hair has falling out. Is it because of not eating right food?

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Anonymous

What do you mean by "falling out"? Hand fulls of hair and balding falling out or sheds a lot kind of falling out? If it's the first, take your Shih Tzu to the vet and have her checked out, there may be something very wrong. Allergies can also cause hair loss. You can try switching her to a high quality food, something for a dog with allergies if you want. If it is just heavy shedding, Shih Tzus do have a lot of fur so it is to be expected. Bath her no more than absolutely necessary, My vet told me once a month is ideal for maintenance. To much bathing is bad for their skin. and brush her twice a week, don't concentrate on one area for too long or else you can give her brush burn. Mixing a raw egg in one of her meals every day is very good for her coat also.
4/8/2014 12:31:23 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/23/2013 11:35:25 PM

12/23/2013 11:35:25 PM

I have just acquired a Shih Tzu about 1 year old cant get him to eat I have no history of my Shih Tzu's past as it is a rescue

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Anonymous

Shih Tzu's are very picky eaters give him some choices
1/19/2014 1:22:31 PM

Anonymous

My shih tzu loves acorn squash, scrambled eggs, yams, and cheese as a treat. Not sure what kind of food you are feeding him/her. Try holistic dog food. I feed my dog Solid Gold for his regular food. He eats when he's hungry. Make sure you have plenty of water for him/her to drink.
1/23/2014 9:11:00 PM

Anonymous asked:

8/18/2013 3:42:03 PM

8/18/2013 3:42:03 PM

My Shih Tzu has one blue eye Will my Shih Tzu go blind in that eye what does that mean?

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Anonymous

Hi There, I need more info. How old is your Shih Tzu? How long have you had Him or Her?
9/9/2013 12:03:31 PM

Anonymous

Is the eye truly blue, or does it appear to be a milky blue. Blue eyes are no more suspectible for vision problems than brown. If it is a solid milky blue, then your Shih Tzu may already be blind in that eye.
12/24/2013 1:39:52 PM

Anonymous asked:

7/4/2013 4:06:34 PM

7/4/2013 4:06:34 PM

How long are Shih Tzu dogs in there heat?

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Anonymous

Hi, Shih Tzu like other dogs are in heat for 3 weeks, 1st week going in, 2n week is called standing heat, (will Breed) 3rd week going out of heat. Hope this helps.
9/9/2013 12:06:38 PM

Anonymous

A Shih Tzu's heat cycle lasts about 3 weeks. The first week you will notice the vulva swelling, the second week will be bleeding and once it turns clear, watch out, that is the week the dog can get bred.
12/24/2013 1:42:01 PM

Anonymous asked:

4/13/2013 4:19:28 PM

4/13/2013 4:19:28 PM

How long can I leave my Shih Tzu alone? I work at night from 7 till 3am

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Anonymous

Adult Shih Tzus can generally go between 6-8 hours, so your work schedule should be okay as long as you're able to be consistent with quality time during the rest of the day. They need social time with their family and a consistent potty schedule to maintain good physical and mental health. :)
10/13/2013 10:49:08 PM

Anonymous asked:

4/5/2013 3:19:06 PM

4/5/2013 3:19:06 PM

telling the age of a shih tzu my boyfriend just gave me a puppy and i need to know how old it is to better take care of it

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Anonymous asked:

4/3/2013 9:24:52 PM

4/3/2013 9:24:52 PM

whats a good breed for hot arizona climate?

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Anonymous asked:

4/2/2013 2:38:24 PM

4/2/2013 2:38:24 PM

How to stop him from marking his territory.

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Updated: 12/27/2014