Shih Tzu Dog Breed
The Shih Tzu is originally of Chinese descent and is distantly related to the Tibetan Spaniel and the Pekingese. With its long locks is an ultimate designer dog. They can be very precious and often expect to be spoilt rotten! This breed will generally bond very well with their owners, but can be stand-offish with strangers, though usually once they realize there is no threat they will bond with anyone. I have seen some of these little dogs that are a little big for their boots so it is important they are well trained and socialized whilst they are young.
The breed is suited to being indoors and is one of the best choices for people living in an apartment or flat. They will need to be walked daily on a leash. To keep their coat in its best condition, these little dogs need a weekly bath and blow-dry as well as regular grooming. If this regimen is followed from a young age, they shouldn’t mind bath time at all.
The average lifespan is around 12 years, but they can live for up to 16 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.
They usually grow to about 26-28 cm in height and weigh between 4.5 and 8 kgs in peak condition.
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