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Shih Tzu Breed Information

This breed Shih Tzu is believed to have originated in the sixteenth century. They were bred from Lhasa Apso, and Tibetan Mountain dog. They were developed in China, and were one of the most favourite breed of Chinese royals. This breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the year 1969. This breed is very small in size, and has a long and slender body. They have well rounded and also broad head. They have square shaped short muzzle. They have open nostrils, and have an excellent sense of smell. Their teeth is either set in level bite or in under bite. They have long pendent shaped hanging ears, which is covered with hairs. They have high set tails. Their body is double coated, and is dense and long in appearance. They are available in almost all the colours. This breed is very watchful and also alert. They are pleasant and playful at all times. They are very friendly and affectionate towards all the people. They are friendly towards strangers and also other pets in the house. They love the company of humans, and tend to stay close to their family. They can be stubborn at certain times, and this should be avoided by proper training. They should be bounded by firm set of rules or else they might get affected by small dog syndrome, where dogs act dominative towards their master. The average height of a healthy Shih Tzu is 28 cm and the average weight of this breed is 4 kg to 7 kg. They are perfect apartment dogs, and they only require a small yard to run around and play. They should be taken out for daily walk. They are very playful when around children and also like their company. Children should be advised not to hurt this breed as they are very fragile in nature. They are highly prone to health conditions associated with spinal disc. They are frequently affected with ear infections and also eye problems, in order to avoid it their ears and eyes should be properly cleaned every day. The average life expectancy of this breed is 15 years.



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