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The Shih Tzu

At A Glance...

Shih Tzu are renowned for their perky, happy temperaments. They are lively and friendly. Shih Tzu tend to get along well with people of all ages and with other dogs as well as other pets of different species. Rarely will you find a snippy Shih Tzu, most are very sweet. With their short muzzles, Shih Tzu are not big chewers, but they do enjoy digging and some indulge in nuisance barking. They have a big desire to be with people, whether that is sitting on your lap or taking a hike through the park.

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Weight: 9-16 pounds

Height: 9-12 inches

Features: Squashed face, floppy ears

Coat: Long and straight
Colors: Any color permissible

Exercise Requirements: <20 min/day
Energy Level: Average
Longevity Range: 11-14 years

Grooming Needs: High
Tendency to Drool: Low 

Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: High
Tendency to Dig: Moderate 

Social/Attention Needs: High

Living with Shih Tzus...

Shih Tzu are very easy to keep and quickly become obese if given too many treats. They do not need or want a mile hike every day, but they do enjoy walks and should be kept fit. Beware of exercising a Shih Tzu in hot, humid weather. With the short muzzle, the breed is prone to heat stroke. Most pet owners resort to a short year-round body clip, which looks quite nice and is very easy to care for. If you wish to keep the long flowing coat, you must be prepared for some serious grooming time. 

The Shih Tzu tends to require a large amount of personal attention each day. They thrive on human company and can easily become spoiled. They enjoy training and learning tricks, making them the center of attention. Shih Tzu should be socialized to children early on, but they enjoy people of all ages. Do not count on your Shih Tzu to guard the house; he would probably welcome a burglar with open paws.


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