Shih Tzu

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This good natured, non-aggressive dog is an excellent choice for a family pet. They are playful and always asking of your attention. Their Chinese name translated means ?Lion Dog.? They are also very cuddly and are non-shedding.PURPOSE OF BREED:Originating in the Tibetan temples, the ancestors of these little dogs were given to the visiting Chinese Emperors by the Tibetan monks as gifts to people of high esteem. While in China, the little dogs were interbred with the Pekinese, and the Shih Tzu breed was created. The Chinese have long revered them as a lap dog.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:3 puppies

Country of origin: 
China
Size: 
HEIGHT: MALE : 11in (28cm) - FEMALE : 11in (28cm)WEIGHT: MALE : 7lbs (3kg) - FEMALE : 7lbs (3kg)
Grooming: 

The coat of a Shih Tzu is long and should sweep the floor when it moves. It is dense hair, but straight rather than curly. This dog requires ongoing brushing to keep it mat free. All colors of Shih Tzu can be seen, however the base color is usually white, with a black or gray color head, and body spots.

Common ailments: 

Eye and Knee problems

Temperament: 

The Shih Tzu is great with children and with other pets.

Trivia: 
First classifed as Apsos, but after a ruling by the Kennel Club (England), became a separate breed, culminating with the formation of the Shih Tzu Kennel Club of England in 1935 and admittance to the AKC Stud Book in 1969.ÿÿ <a href="http://www.akc.org/">(Credit: AKC.org)</a>
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