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Shih Tzu breed Information

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Breed information:
Adult weight range
Average lifespan
12-16 years
Adult height at shoulder
Males:27cm Females:23cm
Average weekly cost
The breed comes in a wide variety of colours. All colours can have white through them and now in solid colours. The colours include black, grey, red, shades of brown, brindle, gold, Liver and silver.
As can be seen from the photographs on this page, this breed is one that does need brushing at least twice a week to keep their beautiful coat in optimum condition. Even clipped dogs will need weekly grooming. Some people see such grooming requirements as a real burden, and if that is the case you should either keep your dog clipped (if you do buy one) or not purchase a pup from this breed at all. However if you flip the idea of daily grooming being a burden on its head, you mau look at things quite differently. The fifteen minutes you spend each day grooming your dog can be a real time of enjoyment and bonding between you and your best friend. The main thing to remember is you are prepared for it before you buy your pup.
The name Shih Tzu is a Chinese word meaning 'lion', but the origin of this breed is Tibetan. It is believed that the ancestors of the breed were brought to China during the Manchu period and the dogs were held in great esteem by Chinese royalty for many years after this time. In 1930s the breed was imported to England and then made its way to America after WWII.
They do not need lots of exercise, and are perfectly happy to sit and be with their owners.
Because of their magnificent coats, they do need weekly brushing and grooming.
Shih Tzu's are an ideal companion dog for a single person living in an apartment. They are also suitable for older families or those families with well behaved children who do not treat the dog roughly. They require little exercise so are compatible with apartment life.


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