Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Chinese Lion Dog; Chrysanthemum Dog
Once the venerated "Lion Dog" of Chinese emperors, this ancient toy breed dating back to the 7th century has exploded in popularity since its introduction to the west in the 20th century. They look like beautiful aristocrats, but they actually tend to have a great attitude. A properly trained Shih Tzu doesn't demand as much space and exercise as many dog breeds, and they can be less yippy toward strangers and more friendly toward other pets than some toys. As a smaller dog that loves snuggling and doesn't demand constant work-outs, the Shih Tzu can be an enjoyable travel companion as well as a good choice for seniors.
Appearance / health:
In spite of his delicate appearance, the Shih Tzu is a solid, well-built little dog with a level topline; he is somewhat longer than his height at his withers, and he carries his heavily feathered tail curled over his back. His signature long, abundant double-coat covers him uniformly from front to back, including his face and muzzle. His head is rounded; his muzzle is short, ending abruptly at his nose; and his nose is black (with the exception being the liver-colored Shih Tzu, which has a liver-colored nose); the hair above his nose grows upward, fashioning what is known as the “chrysanthemum” face. He has a well-defined stop. His eyes are wide-set, large, round and typically dark (though they may be lighter in the blue or liver colored Shih Tzu); his ears are pendant and blend smoothly into his body coat due to the abundant covering of hair. His teeth form either a level or undershot bite.
For the classic Shih Tzu look, daily grooming with a bristled brush is crucial for the care of the coat to remove and prevent mats. Most owners gather up the long hair above the nose and blend it with the hair on the top of the head to tie off into a topknot to enable the dog to see clearly. It is recommended they be bathed once per month. Ear passages and the area around the eyes should be kept clean; their eyes are quite sensitive.
Shih Tzus require a small amount of exercise and are usually happy to stay indoors. Daily walks may fulfill their exercise requirements.
Shih Tzus are prone to eye problems because of their protruding eyes. They are prone to corneal ulcer, formed when the surface of the cornea is damaged. Their eyelids and lashes also sometimes grow in a way that annoys the eyes. Shih Tzus are also prone to respiratory and thyroid problems and thyroid malfunctions. Renal cortical hypoplasia (a condition where the cortex of the kidneys is not properly developed) is also commonly found in this breed.
Behavior / temperament:
Shih Tzu are lively and alert but not high strung. They respond well to patient and consistent training methods. This breed may tend to bark excessively if not trained well. They also snore loudly.
exceptional traveling companions, sweetest temperament, affectionate, good temperament, great family dog
little barkers, ALLERGIES, long hair mats, eye problems, separation anxiety, nervous dog, fussy eater
regular haircut, perfect lap dog, daily face washes, retired couple
Shih Tzu = Talking Cat
My shih tzu, Moxie, was more intelligent than your average human. Like a cat, she showed it. By age 2, she had a vocabulary of 216 words. I stopped counting after that, but I'm sure that by the time she passed, earlier this year, it was well over that. I don't care what science says - this girl had a huge vocabulary. Not only that, but she had her own way of speaking. Most shih tzus grunt, snort, snore, etc. She taught me to pick up on meanings in her "speech". I knew the snort for cheese and treats, the one for "I'm napping, leave me alone", let's go "bye bye", etc. I know I'm comparing her to a cat a lot, but that was what stood out to nearly everyone that knew her. She was affectionate, sure, but she could also be very independent and she also only obeyed commands if she felt they were in her best interest or, at least, logical. If you wanted to sit down, let's say, and you asked her to move, if there was somewhere else you could sit she wouldn't budge. If she was in the only chair, she'd grudgingly oblige. But she was so loved by everyone she knew. She could be a real clown, a jolly entertainer (when she was in the mood), and she was very affectionate when her human friends came to visit. As far as grooming goes, you have to be diligent with eye care when they get older. Keeping them groomed, especially around the face, will prolong their eye health. Grooming runs between $30-$60 a month if you have it done..
From lemonjinny Sep 24 2016 2:05AM
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 159 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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