- Full Name
- Shih Tzu
- Alternate Names
- Lion Dog, Imperial Shih Tzu
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- Life Span
- 10 - 18 years
- 9 - 16 pounds
The small dog boasts one of the most wonderful coats of any dog breed. It has a deep history- originally a dog from Tibet, but was developed by Chinese emperors who at the time called it the "Lion Dog". For hundreds of years, there was much competition amongst Chinese royalty over who can have the most beautiful Shih Tzu dog. Today much of that reputation is maintained, as the dog is primarily a "lap dog" rather than a working dog. Shih Tzus do not tolerate heat or intense exercise well, but overall are healthy dogs and can live up to an incredible 18 years.
- Bred For
- Family Considerations
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Physical Characteristics
Is the Shih Tzu good with children?
Is the Shih Tzu friendly with strangers?
Is the Shih Tzu friendly with other dogs?
Does the Shih Tzu like to cuddle?
Does the Shih Tzu like to play?
Does the Shih Tzu make a good service dog?
Is the Shih Tzu good for first-time owners?
How well can the Shih Tzu be trained?
Does the Shih Tzu shed a lot?
Is the Shih Tzu easy to groom?
Does the Shih Tzu need a lot of exercise?
How smart is the Shih Tzu?
How much does the Shih Tzu bark? Does the Shih Tzu bark too much?
Is the Shih Tzu a good guard dog?
Is the Shih Tzu good at staying alone? Is the Shih Tzu independent?
Is the Shih Tzu a good apartment dog?
How big is the Shih Tzu?
How much does the Shih Tzu tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Shih Tzu?
How much does the Shih Tzu tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Shih Tzu?
Does the Shih Tzu try to run away?
Is the Shih Tzu a healthy dog? The health of a Shih Tzu should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
How energetic is the Shih Tzu?
How much does the Shih Tzu drool?
Does the Shih Tzu have a large prey drive? Does the Shih Tzu like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?
Is the Shih Tzu atheltic?
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