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10 key facts about Shih Tzu dogs

Small, sweet, and lovable dogs. The Shih Tzus are known for their regal looks and adorable personality.

we’ll talk about 10 important facts about Shih Tzu every mom should know Shih Tzu is known for many names including dynasty dogs little lion chrysanthemum dog. They were bred for companionship

Today they still remain as glamorous and affectionate household pets. If you’re a new owner of this breed you might need to learn a thing or two about them so that you’ll be able to understand them better.

so without further ado let’s begin

(1). Shih Tzus have a desirable temperament

While the dog’s temperament can vary per individual, most often Shih Tzus grow to be sweet and loyal companions

They were designed for this purpose, after all, and they’re also alert and cautious canines who will warn you if a stranger approaches.

They make excellent watchdogs because they approach your property, but owing to their amiable nature, they do not make good guard dogs.

While they do alarm you about an approaching stranger, they may see them as a potential playmate and not as

someone they should shoo away Shih Tzu’s social and outgoing personality means that they can easily form bonds with other people and animals, however, they sometimes can be stubborn especially while they are undergoing training

You’ll be able to train them to be well-behaved dogs with patience and persistence.

(2). Shih Tzu’s are not talkative

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Smaller breeds tend to be yappy but not Shih Tzus. While they do bark to alarm you if something’s not right, they are silent at home, this breed will be satisfied lying on your lap and just following you all around, so, if you reside in a peaceful environment buy a Shih Tzu.

(3) Shih Tzus are elegant yet sporty dogs

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With their long silky flowing coats, it is easy to assume that these dogs are made for fashion or for shows, however, that is not the case, these dogs are active and beneath their long coat is a dog that is energetic, quick, and lively. 10 Facts about Australian Shepherd Dog

In fact, Shih Tzus held a record in 2014 in winning both the champion title and the agility title.

(4) Shih Tzu’s can be quite a challenge

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Maybe their stubborn personality is a huge part of this but housebreaking, a Shih Tzu can be a very difficult task, they tend to ignore all commands they’re asked to do.

Therefore it is important to establish your role as the leader of the pack as soon as you get them home. And this would ensure your dog respects your every word and command.

Start the training early and make sure that you’re consistent with it, housebreaking them before they fully mature will be a great help for you in the future just be extra patient during these times. Top 15 Dogs With Strongest Bite Force

5. Shih Tzu is an old breed with a mysterious and controversial history

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In a recent study, it is found that the Shih Tzu is one of the 14 oldest dog breeds after dog bones were found Shih Tzus were bred in the Tibetan plateau by Tibetan monks and then given to Chinese emperors as a gift.

However, there is no specific evidence of their past. Some think they were bred in the Tibetan plateau by Tibetan monks and then given to Chinese emperors as a present.

Others claimed that these dogs were developed in china by mixing other breeds with the Lhasa Apso or the Pekingese, either way, they were proven to be a regal-looking companion that was highly valued from the earliest times.

In fact, in some dynasties, people who lived outside the imperial palace was not capable of owning a Shih Tzu instead only noblewomen are able to carry them in their robes, Shih Tzus led a comfortable life in the palace where they were used to warm beds of royalty

(6). Shih Tzu’s have various nicknames

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The name Shih Tzu is pronounced Sheed-zoo it came from the Chinese word Xīshī quǎn which means lion dog.

They’re also called little lions, though, there’s nothing fierce and intimidating about these dogs another nickname for Shih Tzu is the chrysanthemum dog they’re called such because of the way Like a chrysanthemum flower, their facial hair sprouts out from its nose, having a little black button type of nose in the middle.

7. Shih Tzus are small but sturdy dogs

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Shih Tzus were bred to be lap dogs so it is expected that they are sweet little creatures that have a short muzzle and big round expressive eyes that are sure to melt your heart.

Their ears drop as they walk and it’s covered with long silky hair. These dogs carry a dignified proud arrogant attitude much like a lion on average Shih Tzus weigh around 9 to 16 pounds with a height of 9 to 10 inches. 8 Things Only Kangal Dog Owners Understand

(8). Shih Tzus have exceptionally beautiful coats

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One of the most promising physical attributes of Shih Tzus is their long silky flowing coat, their hair grows quickly and most often it even reaches the floor.

Their hair can either be wavy or coarse. It comes in various colors including gray-white with brown, black, gold, silver, brown, red, or a combination of two or three colors.

It is also common for these dogs to have darker brown color at their shoulders and between their armpits despite having long hair Shih Tzu’s are not heavy shedders, some people claim that these dogs are hypoallergenic and while some allergy sufferers do well with Shih Tzus, no dog is considered as 100 percent hypoallergenic

9. Shih Tzus require regular grooming

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Although they don’t shed much Shih Tzu’s need regular grooming to keep their coat tangle and mat-free.

Their coat needs to be brushed every day, their hair grows quickly so you may need to clip them often they also require regular bathing about once a week, grooming a Shih Tzu can be time-consuming.

A professional groomer can be called upon to do the job, if it’s too much for you, although some owners prefer to cut their dog’s hair a little shorter for easier upkeep.

Aside from brushing and bathing regularly, health care is also essential for Shih Tzu, they need regular visits to the veterinarian about once or twice a year to ensure that their health is in good condition.

luckily, these dogs do not require plenty of exercises, they will be satisfied with short daily walks and play sessions with their owner thus making them a great choice for apartment dwellers.

Shih Tzus are prone to heat exhaustion which means they should not be exposed outside when the weather is too hot

Ensure you carry water if you take them out for walks, they would rather prefer to go out in the evening due to the sunlight

10. Shih Tsu’s almost became extinct

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During the Chinese communist revolution, these dogs were almost gone, the death of Empress Tzu Hsi’s reign also played a huge role in why Shih Tzu’s became extinct because she was the person who supervised the breeding program of Shih Tzu.

After her death the breeding program also fell apart, fortunately, 14 purebred dogs, seven males, and seven females were used to rebuild this breed which means that every Shih Tzu that is living today can be traced back to those 14 dogs.

Overall these little lion dogs are one of the sweetest loving lap dogs you could ever have they can be stubborn but

it can be curbed with early training and socialization, time affection and attention are vital for these dogs, if you’re always busy then this breed is not for you.

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