This breed, the Shih Tzu is originally from China and is one of the most ancient breeds of Tibet. It is a good watchdog and companion dog, ideal as a family pet. It gets along with both adults and children and enjoys being petted and pampered. It is also called the Tibetan Temple Dog. This canine is crossed with other breeds and dogs like Shih-Poo and Pom Shih are developed.
It is a strong, lively, intelligent, cheerful and friendly dog with a jaunty attitude. They are eager to learn and have a mind of their own.
Size: Its height is around 8-11”. It has a compact, well-proportioned and sturdy structure. It weighs 4-7 kg on an average.
Colour: They can be seen in any colour.
Coat: The Shih Tzu is double-coated having two coats of fur with a flowing and long overcoat. As the coat grows longer, it tends to become dry and therefore, gets tangled easily. So, daily brushing is a must.
Long hair forming a beard and moustache, a black nose, dark round eyes, a curled tail are the most distinct features of this breed.
An average of 5 free Shih Tzu puppies is found in a litter.
The Shih Tzu likes a diet of poultry, pork, barley and rice. Beef and oats are avoidable.
They cannot stand high temperatures - above 24 C.
The average lifespan of the Shih Tzu is around 13-15 years.
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