Lifespan – 10 to 16 Years. Proper veterinary care coupled with proper diet will allow a Shih Tzu to have a long lifespan.
Activity Level – Low to Moderate. Shih Tzus love being companion dogs. Shih Tzus are primarily known to be inside dogs.
However, they are also widely recognized as being an agile breed. Shih Tzu dogs even do well when competing in agility and rally competitions.
Potential Height – 8 to 11 Inches Tall at their shoulders.
Potential Weight – 9 to 16 Pounds. Shih Tzus are food enthusiasts. Shih Tzus will remain a lightweight dog throughout their lives. That being said, proper nutrition is the key to allowing a Shih Tzu to stay healthy, happy and live a long lifespan. Shih Tzus are less tolerant of low quality foods. Low quality foods will be more likely to have a negative impact on their lifespan and overall health.
Barking – Moderate to Heavy. Shih Tzus are a very alert breed. They will react to the slightest noise and will eagerly sound off their canine alarm. Despite their size they make excellent watchdogs because nothing will get by them without them knowing. While they can be heavy barkers, any dog can be trained to only bark when necessary. Shih Tzus are just naturally inclined to bark both as a protector and to gain recognition for their watchdog fierceness. Postal workers beware!
Shedding – Low to none. Good news allergy suffering dog lovers! The Shih Tzu does not really shed perse. They are one of the few dog breeds that has real hair like humans and not fur like most dog breeds. Therefore, they will shed hair just like a human but they will not shed fur like most dogs. That means it is highly unlikely that a Shih Tzu will impact individuals that suffer from allergies.
Family Friendly – Very. The Shih Tzu breed is very family friendly. They are a great companion for children. Shih Tzus are a small dog. Therefore, small children are more likely to hurt the dog and not vice-versa. They’re a caring and affectionate breed.
Pet Friendly – Very. A Shih Tzu will definitely get along with other dogs. They are affectionate animals and enjoy the company of others dogs. If you already have a dog, adding a Shih Tzu to your household will be one of the easiest pet integrations possible.
Breed Origins – The spaniel is known to be mentioned in documents dating all the way back to the fourth century BC. They were popular in France during the 1300’s. However, the Cocker Spaniels primary lineage that we know today can largely be traced back to England in the 1400’s. They were bred to scare small birds out of thorns and brush. The small birds were called woodcocks. Cocker Spaniels were very popular hunting dogs due to their natural ability to navigate thick brush with ease. They are still used by hunters to this day.
Important Breed Information – The origin of the Shih Tzu is unknown. However, it is widely believed that the breed origin can be traced back to China. The coat of a Shih Tzu is not only unique because it is hair and not fur. Their coat is also unique because their hair grows out in all directions starting in its muzzle. They have a wide range of knicknames because of this unique feature. They have a short muzzle which can lead them to overheat easily. Shih Tzus are a great dog. They are one of the most highly sought after dog breeds by families.
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