Shih-tzu dog breed

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  • Country: China
  • Group: Toy
  • Weight: 4 - 7 kg
  • Height: 20-30 cm
  • Colors: Black, brown, gold, white, brindle, blue
  • Training: firmly, gently and patiently
  • Grooming: requires regular brushing and movement
  • Temperament: active, playful, alert, loyal, gentle
  • Health: generally healthy
  • Litter size: 2 - 6 puppies
  • Lifespan: 10 - 16 years
  • Other names: Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog, Lion Dog, Shih Tzu dog

shih tzu dog

They have a royal attitude, the favorite pets of Chinese emperors of the Manchu dynasty, in the mid nineteenth century, their names signifying Shih-Tzu dog chinese lion.

But their history begins with centuries earlier, dogs Shih Tzu dog-lion being one of Tibet, an exclusive group of dogs bred by Buddhist monks, including Lhasa and Tibetan Spaniel. In the 1850s, as was the custom, the monks sent several copies precious dogs temple Manchu emperors, and the Chinese called these animals Shih Tzu Tibetan Kou or Tibetan Lion Dog.

These dogs were bred especially for kings to please every palate, led luxurious lives here and enjoyed the love and pampering.

The Chinese have prized specimens of the smallest dogs Lhasa returned to their country, preferring dogs with very short girls. Over the centuries specimen as small waist, legs and snouts as short they were selected and crossed with local breeds miniature, and the result was Shih-Tzu dog breed modern.

In 1908, the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, sent a few copies of Shih-Tzu small, Empress Tzu Hsi, the Manchu dynasty, a known lover of the breed Pekingese increasing and Imperial. Empress watched as traits of the breed Shih-Tzu dogs to conserve intact, but after her death occurred crosses with breeds Pekingese and Pug.

Over the next four years there has been a tight competition between the various palaces, to produce dogs Shih-Tzu with a fur color and texture as distinguished, so details on the crossings were kept strictly secret and have not kept written evidence.

Poor quality dogs were sold at fairs and high quality ones were raised in palaces and offered the Chinese foreign visitors or nobility. Manchu dynasty was ousted from power in 1912, the communist government was established in China and in the world to install the new regime that followed numerous examples of imperial dogs were slaughtered.

Luckily enough copies were made in England and Norway, this came to be appreciated and loved by many breeders and animal lovers. US soldiers, stationed in England during the Second World War, remained charmed by these quadrupeds miniature and brought some with her to return to the United States.

This tumultuous past did not affect Shih-Tzu dog's current popularity, a top by the American Kennel Club, ranking 12. Only two toy breeds are more popular than the Shih Tzu, it's Pomeranian and Yorkshire Terrier, occupying positions ten or eleven top.

Food Shih-tzu

Taking your Shih Tzu, you give primarily dry food, wet food less and more slowly or not at all other foods. It is easier, safer and healthier.

Sure there are big differences from copy to copy and it can happen to obstinately refuse to eat special food. Then you have to choose another option. You can give mangare cooked.

Remember that all breeds of dogs need clean water, changed daily discretion to quench thirst.

Description Shih-tzu

Shih Tzu is a sturdy dog ​​breed Lhasa Apso like, covered entirely by a double coat consists of long hair and a deep puff puff. These dogs head is round with a muzzle covered with short hairs, beard and mustache with dense.

The eyes are large, round, brown or black. Bushy tail is curled over the back. Shih Tzu has a short nose and flattened, black or brown in dogs with bluish-red robes.

Shih tzu from fur is naturally long, thick, requiring regular care. The hair on the face is generally caught using a paper clip or elastic hair atop his head as a bow.

To reduce the need for daily brushing, some people like their hair terrier OF THE trimeaza. Shih Tzu coat can have any color or color combinations. Shih Tzu adult has a height at the withers up to 28 cm and a body weight 4-7 kg.

Behavior Shih-tzu

Small sized dogs Shih-Tzu breed are excellent companions, being less suspicious of strangers than their cousins ​​Lhasa, are lively and athletic for their size miniature. She loves human company, are full of confidence and consideration, their behavior easily enter arrogant breed standard. Shih Tzu breed puppies are distinguished and worthy, but can be charming clowns also are sensitive, sensing the mood immediately any change of owner.

Cheerful and stubborn, Shih-Tzu puppy possess a strong character, has a royal dignity, great courage and sometimes arrogant. Shih Tzu breed is compatible with polite children who do not tease an animal needlessly and who know how to play with a ball of fur full of life.

Very loyal and gentle, Shih-Tzu breed dogs become friends easily and positively respond dressage based on consistency, patience and firmness. Punishment respond to negative, close itself Shih-Tzu breed fiinf one proud and sensitive, which is why training must be motivational and fun. If performed properly, it will fail to establish acceptable limits of behavior, will establish respect for the master, it will turn into a pleasant tenant's home and she will stimulate thinking.

Guard dogs are very alert will sound the alarm that someone is approaching stranger with a surprisingly strong barking, but highly sociable nature will make them treat him without little aggression. Although loves to bark, they are usually quiet inside the house.

Shih-Tzu puppies breed, stubborn and intelligent, are very playful, lively and contagious optimism. This miniature dog, affectionate and tender, lives to be around people and other animals can live together in harmony. If deprived of human contact and interaction, you will feel lonely and unhappy, and these feelings will be expressed through destructive behavior. There are dogs that you will be tempted to indulge them, they think deserve to be treated like kings.

Owners should not give excessive urge to caress her, the animals are equipped with a strong sense of self-worth, but must establish itself in front of them. If dogs can not understand who has control Domnina and the situation will get you home tyrant. Their burning desire to family full attention on them, make them is not recommended for those with babies or toddlers. I'm often jealous of the little ones, may break out if challenged children who do not know how to behave with animals and bully them. But the play is a partner and a friend to buckle older children, especially if they enjoy their fur comb them rich.

Training Shih-tzu

He needs a consistent training, quite firmly, patiently made bland without the rush. Training based at Shih tzu is recommended to make a family member pleasant and subdued.

Shih Tzu is not, usually, trained to perform tasks and do best in a home as an affectionate pet.

Characteristics Shih-tzu

You need to go to regular monitoring of teeth to the vet, because they are likely to lose their teeth at age youth. You have to make a balanced diet, avoid overeating because Shih-Tzu dogs gain weight easily.

Attention should be allocated hygiene ears and eyes, especially as they eye sensibili.Cainii Shih Tzu breed requires a daily walk, no matter how much exercise they perform throughout the day, they do not compensate their need to walk along the owner, an opportunity to explore and new challenges. Dogs who are not satisfied with this instinct to walk, are more likely to exhibit behavioral problems. This daily output along with their owner signify interesting sights and smells us, they will keep your mind alert.

Some owners prefer to shear them briefly to make them easy maintenance. Cleaning the pinna and ear canal, and cleaning around the eyes, must become an almost daily occupation. Shih Tzu is a breed that sheds less or no.

Health Shih-tzu

As with other breeds, Shih tzu is not devoid of sensitivity of a medical nature. Of these, with an increased frequency have been reported following: urolithiasis is a disorder that affects the urinary tract resulting in the formation of pebbles in the bladder.

Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness animal. Atopy is a condition associated allergies. Corneal ulcers are common in Shih tzu due to the protrusion of the eyeballs (eyed).

Intervertebral discopathy is a disease that affects the appearance of the intervertebral discs causing pain, difficulty in walking and, eventually, paralysis.

Renal agenesis, renal disease associated with lack of development of one or both kidneys seems to be genetics at Shih tzu.

Shih tzu breed dogs are prone to otitis, respiratory diseases, dental disease, tending to lose their teeth faster than other races and obesity, so that should not be fed in excess. Periodically visit the veterinary clinic is very indicated.

The average lifespan of a dog breed Shih tzu's is 14-16 years.

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