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The Shih Tzu does not have many behavioral issues like other breeds, but their barking can seem out-of-control. The Shih Tzu is a breed prone to barking. They tend to bark at people and dogs passing the window, or off in the distance when walking.
Shih Tzus are typically considered to be smart dogs and have even been to assist farmers and tradesmen in the past. However, Shih Tzus can also be stubborn at times. Shih Tzu’s intelligence varies from individual to individual, but most people agree they are pretty good problem solvers.
Shih Tzu should never be left outside – the dog is an indoor breed. But whether you allow them to wander around the house or be left in a single room is up to you. Just be sure each room the dog has access to it adequately prepared. Make sure the room you leave the dog is never used for punishment.
House training is one of the most difficult obstacles owners of Shih Tzus face, because these dogs have small bladders and are prone to anxiety. To properly house train your dog, begin as soon as you bring your puppy home. Take them outside every two to three hours, after eating, after a nap and after play sessions.
Yes, the Shih Tzu can be a good choice for a first-time dog owner. Their friendly nature and desire to be close to their humans can make them a great choice. That doesn’t mean that these pups aren’t hard work to raise and train.
Shih Tzu’s are known to be affectionate with kids and make great therapy dogs due to their friendly nature and charming personalities. We always remind parents to supervise young children with dogs and teach children (age appropriately) to respect animals
The average lifespan of a Shih-Tzu is about 10 to 16 years, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Shih Tzus are not the smartest dogs. According to pHD Stanley Coren, the Shih Tzu has the lowest degree of obedience & working intelligence. And out of 138 dogs, they’re ranked the 128th smartest dog breed.
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This sturdy breed is thought to be a cross between the Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso. Abundantly but not excessively coated, it sheds little or no hair, making it a good companion for allergy sufferers. Despite its distinctly arrogant carriage, the Shih Tzu makes an affectionate and friendly pet.
The name means “lion” in Chinese. This dog perhaps originated in the Byzantine Empire or Tibet, though they are known to have reached China in the Tang Dynasty. Earliest records go back to about the year 625. Though they were brought to North America during World War II, they did not join AKC registry until 1969. It is possible the modern breed originated from Pekingese and Pug crossed with Tibetan dogs such as Lhasa Apso. Only 14 foundation dogs are thought to have been the source of the breed outside China since the 1900s.
They were bred for companionship and as a lapdog for the Chinese and Tibetan royalty.
Height at Withers: female 9-10.5” (23-26.5 cm), male 9-10.5” (23-26.5 cm).
Weight: females 9-16 lb (4-7 kg), males 9-16 lb (4-7 kg).
Coat: Their dense, long, straight double coat can be any color.
Longevity: 13-15 years.
Points of Conformation: In these toy dogs, the tail is carried over the back, head carriage is high and the topline is straight. Though a toy breed, the Shih Tzu is built with solid stature and they are longer than high. The large dark round eyes are not prominent, eyelid and lip margins are pigmented darkly. Skull is brachycephalic and the small muzzle is about one inch long. The nose is black except for the liver and blue dogs, where they are liver and blue to match. They have large pendulous ears, a definite stop and a prognathic jaw. The abdomen has no waist, and the chest consists of a deep moderately sprung ribcage. Dewclaws may be taken off, and the legs are straight. Their gait is powerful and straight.
These dogs are reported to be intelligent, very alert, and friendly. Their docile nature is a high priority in breeding programs because they are used solely as companion dog. They are alarm barkers. Their profuse coat should be groomed daily and may require a regular bath. Hair above the eyes is either trimmed or tied up. They are moderate shedders, and some owners prefer to have them clipped once to twice annually. They do well with children in the household. They enjoy close human contact, and have low to moderate exercise needs. They tolerate heat poorly.