The Shih Tzu is a companion dog that originated in the Tibetan area of China.
Appearance & Grooming
The Shih Tzu is a small dog with a small muzzle. The breed has a dense double coat in black, blue, brindle, gold, liver (reddish-brown), red, and silver. The Shih Tzu sheds infrequently, but daily brushing will keep their coat knot-free.
Behavior & Disposition
The Shih Tzu is active, intelligent, affectionate, and playful. Adult supervision is recommended when playing with children and other dogs.
The Shih Tzu has a moderate activity level and it is easy for the breed to become overweight. For optimal health, the Shih Tzu should be carefully monitored for calorie consumption and should have daily walks. It is recommended to feed them high-quality food as they age.
The Shih Tzu is an affectionate and active dog. A combination of consistency, dedication, and positive reinforcement is an effective way to train this breed. However, compulsive training methods and punishments are not effective and may negatively affect relationships. Early socialization and obedience training are also recommended.