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Pronunciation: ˈSHē ˈdzo͞o (She Dzoo)
Original Pronunciation: Sure-ds
Current Translation: Lion dog
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
Life Expectancy: 16 years
Recognition: ACK, CKC, FCI, UKC, CCR, APRI, ACR, KCGB, , ANKC, NKC, NZKC
Purpose: Companion dog and Show dog
Popularity: 11th most registered dog, 3rd most registered toy breed
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.
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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
Learn What Imperial, Miniature and Tea Cup Shih Tzu Dogs 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 & Miniature Shih Tzus
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 Shows - Preparing
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. Exercise Requirements
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.