The name "Shih Tzu" means lion dog in Chinese, it received the name because of its long, flowing mane-like coat. It is a sturdy, lively, toy dog with long flowing double coat. This dog has a distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and tail curved over the back. It may display an arrogant personality, but is actually playful and gentle. This dog adapts well to any family situation and will enjoy a cuddle in your lap, doing tricks, or fetching a tennis ball.
Long, dense, not curly with a good undercoat. This dog requires a good daily grooming using a bristle brush. A topknot is usually tied with a bow so that the dog can see properly. Some owners prefer to have them trimmed to make the coat easier and less time consuming to care for. This breed sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy suffers if the coat is kept very well groomed.
It tends to wheeze and snore. Some bloodlines are prone to ear, eye and respiratory problems. Spinal disc disease caused by a long back and short legs may be a problem. Their teeth need regular veterinary attention, as they tend to be lost early. This breed gains weight easily and should not be overfed. To minimize the risk of your dog developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable Shih Tzu breeder.
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