10 to 15
2 to 3
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Generally, Shih Tzu could reach 26.7cms or more, but this is not ideal if the dog joins any competition. Their weight is between 4.5-8.1kgs.
Every 10 to 12 months, the Shih Tzu changes their coat. It is during this time that the matting occurs faster. But don’t let this keep you from brushing. This is only a temporary situation that lasts about three weeks up to a month. Grooming will be easier once the coat has changed.
Since the Shih Tzus are small, intelligent, and extremely docile dog, they are truly a companion dog. They are outgoing, happy, affection, friendly and trusting. These are the needed to excel as a companion and house pet.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy and lively little dog with a round head, an abundant beard and mustache and a black nose. The hair above the nose grows uniquely upward, giving the Shih Tzu his distinctive “chrysanthemum” face. The round eyes are large and wide set, dark colored on most, but light on blue and liver dogs. The muzzle is short, squared and should have no wrinkles. The heavy under bite is a signature characteristic of the breed. The ears are pendant, but they are so profusely covered in hair, that they blend into the body. The high-set tail, which curls over the back, is also thickly plumed with hair. The long, thick coat covers the entire body and may be any color.
The Shih Tzu is a little dog with a round head. They have an abundant beard and mustache and a black nose. The facial hair grows “upward,” which is a distinct feature in this breed and gives them “chrysanthemum-looking” face. For the eyes, most of them have a large, wide-set, rounded shape with dark color. They have a short, squared muzzle with no wrinkles. The ears are fully covered that it seemed to blend to their body. The tails are thickly plumb that curls over the back. Their long, thick coat, which can be of any color, covers the entire body
Recent studies show that the Shih Tzu breed is one of the oldest breed in the world. According to this study, this “ancient” breed is genetically close to the wolves. A scientist by the name of Ludvic von Schulmuth figured out that the dog’s skeletal remains found in human settlements are at least ten thousand years old.
Numerous theories have emerged on how this breed came to be. One such theory is about a dog called Lhasa Apso, where it was a crossed between Pekingese and a Tibetan dog. Ancient Chinese paintings also depict this breed. Europe got its first breed in the 1930s, which the Kennel Club, at that time, classified them as Apsos. It was not until 1935 that they re-categorized it as Shih Tzu. This breed is now recognized globally by all major kennel clubs in the Enlish-speaking word.
Small-sized dogs lived typically longer. This is no different with the Shih Tzu. They have a life expectancy of about 10 to 15 years. A couple of health issues are critical to the breed’s longevity. They suffer from Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVD) due to their long back and short legs. The structure and shape of their faces also affect their health. The eyes of the Shih Tzu are protruding, which are prone to eye problems such as lacerations and eye lid irritations. The tear ducts may produce too much or too little and need to be treated. They also suffer from hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia.
Naturally, Shih Tzus have a very possessive instinct since their sole purpose is to be a companion house pet. They are a lively little dog packed with character. But, with a lot of effort and proper training, their temperaments could be directed to a more outgoing, affectionate, friendly, and trusting towards the family they love and with other dogs.
Due to some of the parts that are irregularly shaped, taking care of a Shih Tzu takes time and patience. Even as simple as breathing could already be difficult to them due to their broad nose, this is partially the reason why they need to staty indoors. But they also need to have an open, free-flowing air while inside. They can tolerate a colder temperature much better than a warm one due to their fluffy fur. Ensure they are properly ventilated and are protected from direct sunlight.
Shih Tzus are intelligent dogs. They are willing and generally good and are eager to please their family. Start training them early to be better acquainted and let them know who the pack leader is. With consistency, patience, repetition and positive reinforcement, your puppy can be easily trained in all the basic obedience training commands.
The Shih Tzu needs a lot of exercise. Walking them daily is all the exercise they need. Playing with them won’t fulfill their primal need to walk. When performing any exercise, ensure they get enough area to roam. Don’t over feed them as they have the tendency to get fat.