Name: Shih Tzu
Other names: Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog
Country of origin: China
Size Type: Small Dog Breeds
Group: Indoor Dogs, Decorative Dogs
Life span: 10 – 16 years
Temperament: Happy, Active, Playful, Gentle, Intelligent, Outgoing, Smart, Alert, Friendly, Independent, Courageous
Height: Males: 20-28 cm; Females: 20-28 cm
Weight: Males: 4-7.25 kg; Females: 4-7.25 kg
Color: Liver, Tiger, Black, Blue, White, Black and white, Gold, Chestnut, Light brown, Liver and white
Price of puppies: $650 – $1200 USD
Shih Tzu dog with luxurious hair and beautiful appearance, small size, intelligent, very gentle, is a popular domestic dog Shih Tzu – strong, lively, mobile lap dog with long flowing hair and undercoat. As befits a descendant of noble Chinese ancestors who were very highly valued comrades and palace favorites, the Shih Tzu is characterized by a proud demeanor, dignified posture, the head should be raised up, and the tail should be bent over the back. Although there have always been significant variations in size, the Shih Tzu must be compact, sturdy, have sufficient weight, and be massive.
Strong body. The distance from the withers to the tail is longer than the height from the ground to the withers. The distance from the withers to the elbow is slightly greater than from the elbow to the ground. The chest is broad, reaching to the elbows. The ribs are well defined, suspended and the topline is straight to the loin, the croup slopes gently towards the base of the tail. The loin is short and strong.
Since the only purpose of Shih Tzu is to be a companion and a pet, it is very important that he has a sociable character, affectionate, friendly, and trusting attitude towards everyone.
To prevent the coat from tangling, it is necessary to take care of it regularly. Shih Tzu’s hair is delicate, brittle, prone to loss, facial hair closes eyes and vision. Hair should be collected with the help of some kind of hairpins in order to avoid falls, dressings, fractures, and also to give an aesthetic appearance.