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Shih Tzu Breeders

If you are after a true companion dog, then you can’t go past the beauty and loving nature of the Shih Tzu.  Here’s what you need to know about this adorable breed.

Characteristics of the Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a small breed of dog standing up to 28cm high and weighing up to 8kg.  They have a black nose, dark, wide set eyes, and a short muzzle.  The Shih Tzu is famous for its flowing, mane like coat that gives it quite a regal look.  It is actually a double coat, with an undercoat and a long, dense outer coat.  The coat is so long that it will easily reach the ground if left unclipped.  Colour wise, the coat is black or white with parti colour.

The Shih Tzu Temperament

The Shih Tzu is a true companion dog by nature, and they just love to be with their people.  even if the Shih Tzu barks to let you know that a stranger is coming, they will quickly befriend them as soon as they realise that they don’t mean any harm.   The Shih Tzu, as well as being the quintessential people dog, also gets along extremely well with other pets.  They are surprisingly playful and active and will remain puppyish for years.  Shih Tzus are intelligent and will benefit from training.  Training is necessary to stop them from becoming spoilt.

Caring for the Shih Tzu

As the Shih Tzu has such a long, dense coat, they will require regular grooming.  This is a thorough daily brushing at least (especially if the dog is in full coat).  You can also have your dog clipped regularly to make the coat easier to maintain.  As the Shih Tzu has long hair on the face, you will need to trim it to stay out of the eyes or tie it back.  You will need to bath your dog weekly in order to keep the coat and skin clean and in good condition.  It is recommended that you blow dry the coat so that your dog doesn’t catch cold.  The Shih Tzu does not require a lot in the way of exercise – they are happy to have a garden to run around in or to be taken for a walk daily.  The Shih Tzu will live for 12 to 16 years on average but they may live for longer given a good diet and plenty of loving attention.

Who is the Shih Tzu Suited To?

The Shih Tzu is suited to families and individuals that are looking for a dog that will give them a lot of love and attention.  They are happiest indoors with their owners but they are also happy to have access to a garden.  if you will be away from the home for even normal amounts of time, the Shih Tzu is not the dog for you, as they need company.

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