Shih Poos have unique personalities that match their fluffy appearance. These small dogs are usually very friendly and affectionate with a lot of energy. They tend to be outgoing and quite easy to train. Shih Poos also come with quite a stubborn attitude at times, however their intelligence is not to be underestimated.
Remember that your puppy’s personality and temperament come as much from his environment as from his mother’s temperament.
Have beautiful coats
Shih Tzus can be found in a wide variety of colors. These include gold and white, red and white, gold with a black mask, black and white, liver, solid black, and brindle and white. These pups can also have blue eyes. Their coats can be kept long or styled shorter depending on your lifestyle and preferences.
Shih Tzus are known to be affectionate with children and make excellent therapy dogs due to their friendly nature and charming personalities. We always remind parents to supervise young children with dogs and to teach them (according to their age) to respect animals.
The Shih Tzu
These adorable ‘little lions’ are great for company because of their love of people. They may be small in size, but they have a big personality and want nothing more than to be your best friend. These spunky dogs are sure to follow their pet parents from room to room. Shih Tzus are well known for being affectionate house dogs with a lively yet sweet-tempered nature.
Shih Tzu originated in Tibet. These puppies were originally bred to resemble a small lion and are closely associated with Buddhist mythology. The Shih Tzu served as a companion and watchdog for the monks. Shrouded in myth, these happy and entertaining dogs were considered to be incarnations of mischievous household gods.
Others have carried through them the souls of monks who had not yet reached nirvana.
Weight: 9 to 16 pounds
When shopping for Shih Tzus, look for terms like «teacup» or «imperial Shih Tzu.» Adult Shih Tzus are supposed to reach at least 9 pounds, anything less, and you’re looking at an adult dog that has been intentionally bred below standard size, and that could explain health issues down the line.
Like other dog breeds in their size category, Shih Tzus are hardy pups with a longer life expectancy. The life expectancy of an average Shih Tzu is 10 to 16 years.
because they guarded the Imperial Palace in Japan.
You don’t need to start looking for a house with a patio, as Shih Tzus need minimal exercise. They do well in an apartment, but like most breeds, a daily walk is a must. Not only does it provide physical stimulation, but it brings out your best mood. They are not good swimmers due to their heavy fur, so exercise on dry land is ideal. Avoid overfeeding your Shih Tzu as they tend to put on weight easily.
With their long, thick and luxurious coat, Shih Tzus need regular professional grooming. Daily brushing and weekly washing of their coat are also essential to prevent matting. Depending on his length, cut his coat regularly. They lose their hair moderately. Their eyes are sensitive and need to be checked and cleaned regularly. A top knot keeps hair out of her eyes. Clean the ear canals weekly, removing hair between the pads of the feet and trimming around the edges of the feet.