The Shih Tzu is originally from China, where it has been and continues to be respected as one of the most important dogs in its history. Its name means “lion-dog” it is said that it descends from Ithaca Paso and Pekingese.
This little “Lion-Dog” is supposed to be sacred and as such, must live in palaces. Impressive right? Let’s see more details about this beautiful breed of dog of small size, elegant and stately.
Characteristics of the Shih Tzu dog breed
The Shih Tzu is a small dog with a large coat. Even their whiskers and stubbles are enormously long, providing them a very “hairy” appearance, approximately, that is highly respected by people determined on adapting their pets. Their size is not more than twenty-seven centimeters and their weight is around six kilos, sometimes more or less depending on their sex and care.
His gaze is very peculiar, touching and somewhat melancholic, his bright dark eyes make a certain resemblance to a chrysanthemum. Despite the impression that it may give us, it is a very determined dog, a real lion if necessary.
At present, it is a very common dog among high society figures, many famous actors and public figures of interest have a copy of this breed of dog, so characteristic. The Shih Tzu is a charming dog, perhaps he has a bit of character but his heart is huge, as is his personality.
Shih Tzu qualities and character
Although he is very affectionate and grateful, it is possible that we detect in him certain airs of independence, as if he maintains a somewhat distant relationship with his owners, but it is only appearance… in reality he is very sociable and friendly.
With the smallest of the house (children) it is a charm, although it should not be neglected, since its large coat is too succulent an attraction for children and could make it angry.
It is an excellent dog to have both in a flat and in a large garden, it likes to go for a walk and play with other dogs, sport is not its strong suit but it will never hurt to run a little with its owner, although always temperatures allow it, let’s not forget that their coat is very abundant and therefore provides excessive heat in the hottest months.
Tips for taking good care of a Shih Tzu dog
- It requires special and intense care, its large amount of hair requires great care and daily brushing.
- A bath every fortnight will come in handy, to remove the knots and clean her hair.
- Playing with other dogs on a daily basis will help him exercise, and he is also very sociable.
- Avoid walking when the sun is beating down, or you could get heatstroke.
As its size is small, the cost to maintain it is also small, so do not hesitate to feed it with a high quality feed, or better yet, natural food.