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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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