Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Cute Looking Shih Tzus

By: Ed Gonzalez

The Shih Tzus originally come from the southern part of China and they were created by cross breeding the ancestors of the Pekingese and Tibetan Lhasa  These dogs were known as royal dogs during the Manchu Dynasty. When the Communist Regime arrived, they killed thousands of these dogs but thirteen of these dogs survived and were brought into europe in 1952.

These are sought after pet dogs today. They are round headed and good natured, Shih - Tzus have well rounded eyes that are colored dark. These dogs possess big rounded eyes that are colored dark and they have big ears which are hidden by their coats. These are quite small dogs but though their sizes are diminutive, they are solidly built. They have bended tails that are covered by their furs. Shi Tzu dogs don’t have any particular color and they are not known for shedding their hair. These pet dogs have double level headed hair, and they have undercoats that are furry.

Shih Tzus are strong, always on the lookout, packed with energy and cordial dogs. They are the perfect companion dogs. Shih Tzus are calm and loving dogs. During play time, these dogs can be quite mischievous and turbulent. They are good watchdogs because they are alert, mindful and they like to bark. These dogs do not like to be surprised, they can bite you if you do this  tot hem. They like the attention you bestow upon them. Shih Tzus are hardheaded and owners who are training them must possess extreme patience. They will do fine with children but are not known to do well with babies and toddlers. These dogs are possessive and jealouf these little kids. They like being in the companionship of any family member.

These dogs have heights of 9 – 10 ½ inches. Their ideal weights are 9 – 16 pounds. They have lifespans of 10 – 14 years.

Dogs of this kind do not shed. They have densed and rough coats. Shih Tzus must be brushed every day. They must be brought to the groomers once every 3 months. A lot of Shih Tzu owners prefer that their dogs have shorter hair.

Shih Tzus must walk daily with their masters or they must have a daily play time. This way they will not get bored and become lazy.

These dogs can be easily trained. Training these dogs must begin at an early age. They must be given rewards when they do something right.

Shih Tzus have similar health problems like renal dysplasia ( genetic or developmental defects of their kidneys ), patellar luxation ( knee caps pops out of place ), dermoid sinus ( it is tube like and does drain ). If it is seen in new born puppies, the vets might ask permission from the owners to put them to sleep. It can be removed through operations but these pets should not reproduce. Progressive retinal atrophy ( blinding disorder ) is a disease that is inherited.

Owners must take good care of their Shih Tzu's because they are good looking, wonderful and great companions.


Amber DaWeenie said...

My Mom hopes to one day rescue one of these dogs. (My pack is large enough at da moment so me and my brudder Max hopes dis day doesn't come too soon) BUTT.......Who Knows when one will need rescuing.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Wow we didn't know all that about those pups.. Uncle Bill used to have one. Sadly BJ crossed the bridge a few years ago..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie