Who knew this cute dog would have such a fierce name? Shih Tzu means “lion dog” in Chinese, and it may come from a Buddhist legend that Siddhartha traveled with a puppy that could turn into a lion. The Shih Tzu is a very precious dog breed in the Chinese royal family. This breed, which is often seen in paintings, comes from Tibetan breeding stock, most likely a cross between Pekingese and Lasso dogs. The Shih Tzu was a domestic pet for most of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Since for centuries the breed was only accessible to members of the royal family, Shih Tzus have only recently spent most of their time behind palace walls. The Shih Tzu was not known to the public until the 1930s, when breed clubs were formed in Beijing and the United Kingdom. Today, the Shih Tzu is a household name. The Queen, Mariah Carey and Bill Gates all own Shih Tzus, and they continue to be popular at court and beyond.
Shih Tzu puppy facts
A fun, small and attractive pet Shih Tzu puppy is the most luxurious toy dog I have ever seen. Here are some things you need to know before you get Shih Tzu:
Small and Adults can measure up to 22-27 cm (9-10.5 in) tall and weigh 4-7 kg (9-16 lb.).
Solidly built with a striking coat, Shih Tzu is a toy dog through and through. They vary widely in weight (a three kilogram difference can be quite extreme for a toy breed). The Shih Tzu has a double coat that is often kept very long. Breed standards require at best only slight waves on the coat, but you may also see curly Shih Tzus. They come in a variety of colors, usually mixed with white. The breeder will tie the excess hair on the top of the head. With wide dark eyes, the Shih Tzu is a friendly, warm-hearted dog.
Affectionate, Shih Tzu loves being a puppy. They easily trust most people and love children. Since their royal blood lives in the palace, they are content to be inside most of the time. However, they do have energy to burn, so indoor play and daily walks will keep this dog healthy and happy.
Beauty and Health Needs
While this breed doesn’t shed, a Shih Tzu’s luxurious coat isn’t easy. Their coats require daily brushing with a quality dog brush that removes tangles. Always include brushing the knots on their heads and their mustaches. Bathe your Shih Tzu once a month to keep the coat clean and shiny. There are also plenty of options if you prefer different hairstyles with less maintenance. Since they have double coats, Shih Tzus need attention to ensure they don’t overheat. They also need to check for corneal inflammation due to improper lid closure, hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation.
Guard against! Shih Tzu got what they wanted! Due to their heightened sense of charisma, many new owners will find themselves giving too many treats, letting Shih Tzus get away with things they shouldn’t. Gentle but firm adherence to this breed is best because they are likable people who ultimately want to make you happy. Early socialization and puppy obedience classes are main key so they learn how to socialize with other dogs and understand simple commands.
Shih Tzu likes to stay indoors, but still benefits from short walks and playtime. They have shorter legs, so there is a risk that overstimulation could easily exhaust them.
Who is the best person for a Shih Tzu?
Shi Tzu is a very loving and kind person. Whether children or adults, they attract everyone within minutes of meeting them. They are great dogs if you live in an apartment because of their minimal exercise requirement and small height. If you cannot be around as much as you would like, you can find someone sitting in the area at our website that will give you a dog bark and give your dog all the attention he deserves when you are away.
Get a Shih Tzu
Whether to adopt or work with a breeder for your new Shih Tzu puppy is a personal choice that requires research. Thankfully, there are many resources to help you find a rescuer or breeder who provides healthy, ethical Shih Tzu puppies. Knowing what you’re doing when you get a Shih Tzu puppy is an important step in being a responsible pet owner. Whether you’re finding a responsible breeder or planning an adoption, get ready to add energy and friendliness to your family.
Find a Shih Tzu breeder
It may be surprising to know, but adopting a Shih Tzu is possible. Most breed rescues report that the majority of their rescue dogs come from individual owners who surrender because of lifestyle changes. This means there may be many dogs and puppies looking for a new forever home.