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Shih Tzu - The Right Small Dog for You?

May 31, 2008
The Shih Tzu is a member of the toy dog group. It got its name from the Chinese, meaning "Lion Dog". However, even though this dog breed is typically associated with China, research shows that the Shih Tzu's original origins actually date back to the 17th century in the land of Tibet.

Most dog breeds become listed as official members of the American kennel club as far back as the 1800s and into the early 1900s. However, the Shih Tzu was not officially recognized by the AKC until the late 1960's. It was in the 60's the love of Shih Tzus blossomed and they became a favorite household pet. As the Shih Tzu's popularity grew, the AKC took notice and registered the breed.

Shih Tzu dogs are known to be a bit on the spunky side, yet extremely friendly and sweet. They are very lovable lapdogs who enjoy playing and running around with their owner. These animals are wonderful house pets and are great with children. In fact, the Shih Tzu scores high on the "friendliness scale" when it comes to other dogs, other pets, and even strangers .

Upkeep And Maintenance

Even though the Shih Tzu is a fairly small dog, it still needs a good dose of daily exercise. A 15 to 20 minute brisk walk on a leash is ideal, yet because it is so small, a good romp around the house from room to room is also an excellent way for the Shih Tzu to get his daily physical requirements. Shih Tzus enjoy being outside, but due to their small size can easily get stepped on on a busy street. You can safely exercise your dog at a dog run or in a park. To keep your Shih Tzu safe on the trip you can use one of the many pet strollers available. They will enjoy the fresh air and still be full of energy when you get to the play area.

Like most toy breeds, Shih Tzus are not meant to live outside. These animals are house dogs who cannot stand hot, humid weather. And because of its long, luxurious coat, grooming the Shih Tzu should be done on a daily basis.

Shih Tzus become very attached to their owners and expect, even demand to spend as much quality time as possible with you. You can easily take your pet most places you go, including the mall by using a pet stroller. This will allow your pet to spend time with you, and give you and easy way to transport, and keep them safe and secure.

Health Information

Shih Tzu dogs that are in good health have a lifespan of up to 14 or more years. There are few serious health concerns with this breed of dog, and they will make a wonderful family pet.
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If you have chosen to make a Shih Tzu a member of your family, remember they need lots of attention and want to be with you. Using a pet stroller can make this easier. It's best to compare pet strollers and find the best for your dog.
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