|Other names:||Chrysanthemum Dog
|FCI Dog Group||Group 9, companion dogs. Section 5, Tibetan dogs. No proof of work.
Very affective, needs a lot of attention. Unexpected small-sized, long-haired guard dog. It feels comfortable with human company. In the modern Chinese language, the Shih Tzu is generally known as the "Xi Shi dog"; Xi Shi was regarded as one of the most beautiful women of ancient China.
Your Pet’s Age
approx 27 cm
Males: 7.25 kg approx. Females: 4.5 kg approx
From 120 to 190 gr daily
It can present a range that includes various shades of gold, white and brown. Other colors are gold with black mask, black and white, solid black, liver, liver and white, brindle, white with gray, white and tan. Although it is not so common, some specimen
From 14 to 15 years old
Watchdog and excellent companion
Loyal, patient and easy to adapt. Very gentle and excellent watchdog
Shih Tzu were raised in Tibet, probably around the 7th century, where they were perhaps simply the smallest Lhasa Apso in the area. Given as a gift to the Chinese emperors, the breed developed into the dog we know today. Hobbyists speculate about crossbreeding with Pekingese to shorten their faces and to select the smaller Lhasa-type dogs. The name shih tzu means ‘lion dog’ in Chinese, further muddying its ancestry, since “lion dog” often refers to Pekingese.
Chinese royalty kept and bred this breed, and with the arrival of the British they introduced it to England and then to the United States. Unfortunately, the communist coup in China wiped out most of the original animals at a stroke.
Shih Tzu are known for their cheerful and happy temperament, they are playful and friendly, they tend to get along with people of all ages and with other dogs. With their short snouts, Shih Tzu are not good chewers, although they do enjoy burrowing and some indulge in annoying barking.
As a particularity, you must pay special attention to cleaning your eyes and ears due to the amount of hair.
Entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, external otitis, inguinal hernias, hip dysplasia, trichiasis and renal cortical hypoplasia. Eye and ear infections also often take their toll: entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, external otitis, inguinal hernias, hip dysplasia, trichiasis, and cortical kidney hypoplasia. Eye and ear infections also often affect.