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Shih Tzu Information

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The Shih Tzu is an ancient breed, developed over centuries to be the perfect canine companion and lap dog.

He is friendly, outgoing, amusing, clever and often bonds tightly with his humans. 

Though a toy breed, he is sturdy at 9 to 16 pounds, making him easy to own in a variety of household settings.

This is a brachycephalic breed, which means the snout and face are compressed. Being such, breathing issue may develop.

Found in a multiple of colors, and with options for a short to long coat, the Shih Tzu is a unique, beautiful breed. 
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"A dash of Lion, several teaspoons of Rabbit, a couple ounces of wise Chinese men, a bit of Beggar, a tablespoon of Monkey, one part Baby Seal, and a dash of Teddy Bear."...~ Dr.James E. Mumford, talking about the Shih Tzu

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How to Help a Shih Tzu Puppy Gain Weight - Reasons why a pup may struggle to put on pounds, issues to rule out, and exact details to encourage weight gain. 
How to Help a Shih Tzu Lose Weight - It is indeed possible for this breed to carry a bit too much weight as an adult. Why this can happen and how to help. 

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Shih Tzu Supplies - An organized list of all supplies needed to take proper care of a Shih Tzu of any age. Plus recommended products for optimal health and happiness. 
Breed Stats

Pronunciation:ˈSHē ˈdzo͞o (She Dzoo)
Original Pronunciation: Sure-ds
Current Translation: Lion dog, Lion son
Original Meaning: Lion
Common Misspellings: Shihtzu, Shihju, Sheetzu, Shitzu, Sheetzo
Origin of the Shih Tzu: Tibet & China
Date of Origin: Arguably the Shih Tzu dates back to the 17th century
Weight: 9-16 lbs (4.08-7.26 kg)
Height: 8-11 inches(20.3-27.9 cm)
Group: AKC Toy Class
Recognized: In 1969
Purpose: Companion dog and Show dog
Popularity: 17th most registered dog, 3rd most registered toy breed (AKC)
Litter size: 1 to 5
Maturity: Adult at 1 year old
Learn What Imperial, Miniature and Tea Cup Shih Tzu Dogs Are

Are you wondering about the terms of Imperial, Miniature and Tea Cup Shih Tzu dogs? The trend is growing and does not seem to be stopping for the demand of these dogs. Are these separate dog breeds? Why are these terms so popular? Is an Imperial Shih Tzu really different than a "regular" Shih Tzu? Do they have royal bloodlines? Learn the facts..whether you already have a Shih Tzu or are planning on bringing one into your home! Imperial, Teacup Shih Tzu
Yummy Home Cooking for the Shih Tzu

Find out the difference between manufactured dog food and home cooked food. Learn how this directly impacts your Tzu... More

The Shih Tzu is a noble dog and very lively. This breed makes a wonderful family pet. Others wish for a Shih Tzu to have one of the most beautiful dogs, to enter into shows. In either case, having your dog well-trained is a must. Behavior analysis shows that this dog will interact well with children, given that attention is paid to proper training. They have animated and amusing personalities. Learn detailed information regarding behavior and temperament. See: Behavior
Health Issues

Each type of breed has their own set of red flag health issues. Shih Tzu dogs are prone to have certain medical problems more than other breeds. This does not mean that your dog is sure to have an illness or health issue; we will help you know what signs to keep an eye on.

This breed, with a long back and short legs may have back problems at some point. Regular preventive care is always necessary to keep your pet in good health. Special care must be taken in regard to dental issues. Keeping your dog healthy involves many aspects.

See: Health

Shih Tzu puppy with shoes

Some owners find themselves feeling helpless when their Shih Tzu displays odd health symptoms. Many times this can be attributed to allergies. Almost 25% of dogs will have an allergic reaction to either an outside source or an internal one. Arm yourself with knowledge regarding canine allergic reactions. As a responsible owner, you must know what to do if an allergic reaction suddenly strikes and how to help your dog is he or she is suffering from this.
Shih Tzu puppy
One Smart Dog!

We offer detailed information regarding the training process of your Shih Tzu. Known for not only their intelligent but also for a bit of a stubborn streak, we address the topics of the stages of learning and also a step-by-step guide that examines the appropriate age for teaching your Shih Tzu various commands. 

You will also learn if your dog is at the average intelligence level for his or her age. 

See: Training Tips
Shih Tzu close up
Housebreaking Overview

The Shih Tzu is a very intelligent dog; therefore they can be trained just as an owner wishes. However, since this dog has a bit of a inbred stubborn streak, detailed and thorough training is necessary. Find out excellent training techniques to keep both Shih Tzu and owner happy.

Whether want fast success with a new puppy or you need to re-train an older adult, we have you covered. 

Essential Care Information

No matter the age of your Shih Tzu, if this is your first puppy or you've had this breed all your life, you'll find heaps of helpful information here.

Care Tips - A list of all elements that come together to provide optimal health and happiness.

Supplies - There are some basic items that are needed to keep your Shih Tzu safe, properly care for the coat, offer the right type of toys. With this breed, there is also the need to provide the right elements when a Shih Tzu is home by himself. 
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Heat & Pregnancy

Do you have any questions regarding the Shih Tzu heat cycle? Learn all aspects of female cycle to become well informed regarding your pet. Are you planning on breeding your dog? Or perhaps you suspect your Tzu may be pregnant? Find out the early signs, how long it will be until you have little puppies running around and important health information specific to Shih Tzu pregnancy.
Exercise Requirements

While some dog breeds, such as the Basset Hound are perfectly content lazing around near your feet, the Shih Tzu is an active dog that requires a brisk walk. This is needed daily. Our exercise section will show you how much is needed and how often. Since this dog is an inside dog, learn some great methods of providing much needed indoor activity as well.
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The Show Dog

Entering the world of dog shows can be a wonderfully rewarding experience. Learn the ropes of how to enter your dog, what to do in order to prepare and how to help your dog win a ribbon. Learn about Matches, grooming and what elements are present at an agility event. Whether you plan to enter into a conformation show or an performance venue make sure that you and your dog are ready. See: Shih Tzu Agility Shows
Shih Tzu Specialty Shoppe
Unique Grooming

Grooming techniques are certainly unique to this breed. A properly groomed Shih Tzu will have a beautiful "topknot" to hold its hair above its eyes. This is used for both male and female dogs and is considered to be an appropriate method to controlling and keeping neat the long fur that would otherwise impair the dog's vision. Alternatively, one may have the hair clipped. 

There are many other elements involved in grooming, such as nail care, eyes, ears, bathing, brushing and more. Shih Tzu Grooming ToolsThe first step to preparing to groom 
Shih Tzu quote

"A house or apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog." 
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