Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

ORIGIN

The Shih Tzu is also known as the Crysanthemum Dog . The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then been developed in China although various hypotheses exist. It is also said that the breed originated in China, hence the name “Lion Dog”, in 800 B.C. There are various theories of the origins of today’s breed. Theories relate that it stemmed from a cross between Pekingese and a Tibetan dog called the Lhasa Apso .

TEMPERAMENT

The breed has a personality and temperament that is loyal, affectionate, outgoing, and alert. Training and proper socializing must start at a young age for the Shih Tzu to obey basic commands, since the breed is prone to stubbornness when it comes to training. While the Shih Tzu is an excellent watch dog because of its alert and active nature, it was not specifically bred for this purpose. Because of its friendly nature, the Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

Between 20 and 28 c m / Between 4 to 7 kg.

COAT

Long and dense and can also be wavy or coarse.

COLOR

Various shades of gold, white, brown, and black. Other colors include black mask gold, black and white, solid black, solid liver, liver and white, brindle, white, red and white, and grey and white.

GROOMING

Considerable.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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