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Shih Tzu Dog Breed Puppy Ads
AKA: Chrysanthemum Dog
Breed Group: Toy Group Height Male: Up to 11 inches (28cm.)
Breed Size: Small Height Female: Up to 11 inches (28cm.)
Breed Origin: Tibet Weight: 9-16 pounds (4-7kg.)
Appearance
The Shih-Tzu is a small, sturdy dog, with a body that is slightly longer than it is tall. The head is round and broad, wide between the eyes. The square muzzle is short, an inch or less from the tip of the nose to the defined stop. The nose is broad, with well open nostrils. Nose, lips, and eye rims are liver on liver colored dogs and blue on blue dogs and black on all other colors. The teeth meet in a level or under bite. The large, round eyes are dark in color, but lighter on blue and liver dogs. The large, pendant, low-set ears hang down and are covered in abundant hair.
 

Temperament
The Shih Tzu has always been bred as a companion dog. His personality is outgoing, friendly, affectionate, intelligent, and docile. He is always alert and carries himself with an air of arrogance and self-importance with a warm, sweet, wide-eyed, friendly and trusting expression.

The Shih Tzu thrives on human companionship, both adult and child, and needs a good deal of attention. In return, he is completely devoted to his family. He has a dense, long and luxurious double coat with a soft undercoat that requires daily brushing.

 
History
It is believed that the Shih Tzu's ancestry goes back to the temple dogs of Tibet which had been bred in that country for over 2,000 years. The rulers of Tibet and China presented these dogs as gifts to Chinese royalty. Once in China, Lhasa-like dogs were crossed with Pekingese to produce the Shih Tzu, meaning "lion dog" in Chinese. The breed was imported into Great Britain in the late 1920's or early 1930's and brought into the United States in the late 1950's.
 
Health
The "Imperial" or "Tiny Teacup" are names that have been used to describe an undersized Shih Tzu. These are not exotic or rare varieties of the Shih Tzu. While all breeders may occasionally have an unusually small Shih Tzu, a reputable and responsible breeder does not breed specifically for this trait.
 
 
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American Shih Tzu Club  
The Canadian Shih Tzu Club  
Shih Tzu Club of Victoria, Inc.  
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Shih Tzu


Scale ( 1 to 5 ): 1=Low 5=High
Guard Dog? 2
Watch Dog? 4
Exercise Needed? 3
Grooming? 4
Energy Level? 3
Shedding? 1
Ease to Train? 3
Good with children? 4
 
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Susan Kilgore
United States
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