|Group:||Non Sporting (Group 7)|
|Club:||Shih Tzu Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Dr Christopher Johnson|
|Phone:||0427 111 017|
Background The breed’s origins are shrouded in mystery, but it is known that these little dogs were raised in palaces by eunuchs for the pleasure of the nobility. Here they sat on satin pillows and had beautiful marble courtyards to run in. Distant relatives of the Shih Tzu are the Pekingese and Tibetan-type dogs.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Shih Tzu live from between 12 to 16 years of age.
Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Every dog has a reason for being; the Shih Tzu’s is strictly to give love. They don’t hunt, pull, track or attack - they just love to be with you. Although they may bark to let you know someone is at the door, they soon befriend any visitors once they realise they are friend, not foe. The super smart Shih Tzu loves to learn new things and takes well to obedience training. Although lively and alert, the breed is not highly strung. Happy little dogs, they enjoy playing with their owners or are content to amuse themselves when necessary.
Compatibility with other pets Excellent.
Care Requirements Shih Tzu are house dogs and love access to a securely fenced garden. However, if you live in a flat or unit, they are content to be walked daily on a lead (which is good for your health as well as theirs). These dogs will give you a lot of love, which must of course be returned.
A weekly bath to keep your dog’s coat and skin clean needs to be followed by a blow dry to ensure that your dog doesn’t catch cold. Before a bath, any mats or tangles need to be gently brushed and combed out. Faces should be cleaned daily. If you don’t want to keep a Shih Tzu’s coat long, you can trim it short or take your dog to a groomer to be shaped in the latest style.
Shih Tzu love to be taken for walks, but if this is not possible, they will self-exercise, chasing over and under the furniture and around the house and yard. They also enjoy riding in the car with you, although not in hot weather.
These dogs are not fussy eaters, if started off correctly. Breeders will supply a diet chart to explain feeding requirements.
Please Take Note Although Shih Tzu love children, these dogs do require adult care and supervision.
Ideal Owner/s Almost everyone.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Shih Tzu and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.