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  •   Pet Health And Care >>  Puppies >>  Shih tzu  
     

    Shih Tzu Puppies

    This article is for all of you who are planning to get a Shih Tzu Puppy as a pet.

    • Coat: Shih Tzu puppies have long and dense coats, and an abundant double-coat.



      Their profuse and luxurious outer-coat generally sweeps the ground and the fur is wavy. The under-coat is soft and woolly. The hair on the head can be tied into a top knot to prevent it from falling into the eyes and preventing eye irritation. Shih Tzu puppies are hypoallergenic and minimal shedders.
    • Overview: Known as ‘small lion’, these dogs originated in Tibet.



      Shih Tzu dogs are often connected with China, where they were revered palace pets as well as prized companions. These dogs are an affectionate, happy and active breed.
    • Character: These dogs are intelligent, sturdy and small. They have a proud and noble posture that befits their aristocratic ancestry. They have very human-like eyes and exude a lot of warmth.



      Out of all the toy breeds, the Shih Tzu is the least delicate of the lot.
    • Temperament: They are great companion dogs, and like being indoors with their family. Shih Tzu puppies and dogs get along well with other pets and older children. These dogs are self-assured and outgoing, as well as alert and keen. These dogs are excellent watchdogs. Shih Tzu dogs do not like being separated from their masters, and can become destructive if left alone for a long time. While these dogs are quiet and docile, they enjoy playing. However, these dogs can become stubborn and are spunky at times too. Shih Tzu dogs can be easily spoiled if you treat them like royalty.
    • Care: The Shih Tzu needs to be groomed regularly and needs to be brushed everyday to prevent tangles, mats and knots in its fur. You need to bathe them once a month too. They are not suitable for humid climates, and it is important to keep their ryes and ears clean.
    • Health problems: Do remember that Shih Tzu dogs have very sensitive eyes, and are prone to slipping kneecaps and kidney disease. Since these dogs have a short muzzle, they are prone to wheezing and snoring problems. You have to pay attention to dog dental care and hygiene to prevent tooth decay and loss. Since these dogs put on weight very easily, you should not overfeed them.
    • Training: It is generally a difficult task to housetrain a Shih Tzu puppy. You can try the crate method. They also have a stubborn streak and need a consistent and persistent owner. They don’t respond well to punishment and harshness.
     
      Submitted on June 10, 2010