Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu information

The Shih Tzu is believed to be the result of the breeding of a Lhasa Apso with a Pekingese. Originally, the Shih Tzu was used as a companion by Tibetans. With their long-haired coat, Shih Tzus did not mind the extreme temperatures of the Tibetan mountains.

In the past, Shih Tzus were offered as a gift to Chinese emperors. Many Chinese emperors were proud owners of Shih Tzu and refused to export these dogs outside China. It is said that a famous empress, Empress Tzu Hsi, was very fond of the Shih Tzu breed and decided to breed them.

It is only in 1928 that the first couple of Shih Tzu was imported to England.


Shih Tzu characteristics

The Shih Tzu has a long-haired coat which needs regular grooming. The grooming does not differ much from the grooming of the Lhasa Apso.

The Shih Tzu measures between 8 to 11 inches and weight between 4 to 7 Kilos. Due to his small size he is also called toy Shi Tzu.


Shih Tzu grooming

It is important to get your Shih Tzu puppy used to grooming as early as possible. Puppies Shih Tzu do not have long hair and do not need clipping like older dogs. However, small grooming sessions are necessary to get your puppy used to being combed and brushed.

First, it is best to start to untangle hair with a brush. This should be done as gently as possible. After this is done, it is necessary to comb the hair to make sure it is free from tangles. Special attention should be given to the head of the Shih Tzu. The hair in front of the eyes of the animal should not be left too long and not get in his eyes as it increases the risk of infection. The hair in front of the mouth should also be trimmed regularly so that it remains clean when the dog is eating. The legs and paws should be checked regularly as hair in these areas often get tangles.


Shih Tzu temperament

Shih Tzus are good natured little dogs who enjoy the company of their owners. They are generally good around children however supervision is recommended. They are very playful and sociable dogs. They usually get alone well with other dogs.


Shih Tzu training

Shih Tzus are eager to please and their playful character trait makes them easy to train. Shih Tzu owners, however, should remain gentle but firm when training their puppy. As all dogs, they need to know the hierarchy in the household in order to be balanced.

Shih Tzus are active dogs also they require a fair amount of exercise.


Shih Tzu food habits

The Shih Tzu breed can suffer from many allergies also finding a good quality aliment, corresponding to the dog's needs is essential. Nowadays, there is a large amount of quality dry food available on the market. Feeding your dog with dry food should give you a better control on his diet, insuring you that your companion gets all the nutrients he needs (and within the right quantities) to remain healthy.


Shih Tzu health

Some health problems are common within the Shih Tzu breed like:


Shi Tzu pictures