DogsShih TzuShih Tzu

  • Personality: Outgoing, affectionate, playful, and charming
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Daily walks and indoor playtime will satisfy this small, short-legged companion
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Response Well
  • Height: 9-10.5 inches
  • Weight: 9-16 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-18 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
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About The Breed

Shih Tzu is surprisingly solid for dogs their size. The coat, which comes in many colors, is worth the time you will put into it a few dogs are as beautiful as a well-groomed Shih Tzu. Being cute is a way of life for this lively charmer. The Shih Tzu is known to be especially affectionate with children. As small dogs bred to spend most of their day inside royal palaces, they make a great pet if you live in an apartment or lack a big backyard. Some dogs love to dig holes and chase cats, but Shih Tzu’s idea of fun is sitting in your lap acting adorable as you try to watch TV.

Health

Due to their thick coats and short face, Shih Tzu does not easily withstand heat and are not a great swimmer. A majority of Shih Tzu are generally healthy responsible breeders who check their animals for any health issues like patellar luxation, hip dysplasia (a loose kneecap) as well as eye anomalies such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. retinal detachment, cornea dryness, and inflammation due to overexposure to air as a result of not closing properly the eyelids.

Grooming

A Shih Tzu with a long coat of hair requires regular brushing. Use a quality wire brush, with pins that are flexible, and apply layers of hair to make certain you are reaching the skin. A bath at least every three or four weeks can aid in keeping the hair well-maintained and looking its best. Make sure to brush the mustache and the topknot regularly and gently scrub the corners of the eyes by wiping them with a damp cloth. To keep eyes from irritation, Shih the Tzu’s eyes from getting irritation-prone, the hair on the hair’s top must be cut off or tied in the shape of a topknot. If you do not want to be spending time with your pet’s coat, the Shih Tzu can look adorable when cut into the shape of a “puppy cut” by professional groomers. Cleaning ears and trimming nails ought to be a part of every Shih the Tzu’s daily grooming regimen.

Training

The process of training for a Shih Tzu can be both an enjoyable and stressful experience. The breed tends to charm his owner into letting him have his own way, which can result in a chubby, less-than-completely-housebroken pet who is difficult to groom. Due to the fact that Shih Tzu is such people dogs, methods of training based on rewards and praise works best. Disciplined corrections shouldn’t be utilized with this breed. Introduce new behaviors you want to see a small amount at a time, but be firm and don’t give up while the dog is acting out. If your dog nips or jumps into your face, do not ignore it until he calms down. After that, be sure to praise him. Socialization at an early age and puppy-training classes are suggested and can assist in ensuring your Shih Tzu grows into a happy, well-behaved pet.

Nutrition

It is believed that the Shih Tzu should do well eating a high-quality diet for dogs, either manufactured commercially or made at home under your vet’s guidance and permission. The diet you choose should be suitable for the pet’s stage of life (puppy adult, adult, or older). Some breeds are more prone to becoming overweight, so be aware of your dog’s intake of calories and weight. Treats can be a significant aid to training, but eating too many can result in weight gain. Find out which foods that humans eat are suitable for dogs and which ones aren’t. Consult your veterinarian in case you are concerned regarding your dog’s weight or diet. Water that is clean and fresh is required throughout the day.

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