Shih Tzu is a very small sized dog who are very happy, affectionate and outgoing dog breeds. They are very good companions and are perfect for people who live in an apartment. They are very attached to their people and follows them around anywhere they go. They are very small and grow from 9 inches tall to 10 inches tall and can weight 9 to 16 pounds heavy. Also, the Shih Tzu breed is perfect for a house that has children as they love children and loves to play with them. The average lifespan that a Shih Tzu can have is 10 to 16 years long.
Origin and History of Shih Tzu
Many people believe that Shih Tzu breeds are one of the oldest dog breeds in history. Shih Tzu was actually called “Shih-tzu Kou” in China which meant “Lion Dog”. They were given the name as they had very lion-like facial features. Because of this Shih Tzu was the royal Chinese dog as according to the Chinese saying Buddha was said to have come into the earth by ridding on a lion’s back. These dog breeds were very treasured during ancient times. From 1368 to 1644, Shih Tzu dog breeds were very popular among Chinese royalties and nobilities (also read). A lot of dogs that resemble the Shih Tzu breed were mentioned in paintings and writing during the time. During 1861, a law was made that anyone who was seen torturing the Shih Tzu breeds would be given a death sentence. This law was made by a royal concubine when she became the Ruler of Chine as she had a great love for animals.
According to some people, Shih Tzu breeds even had their own palace and were trained to sit up and wave their paws whenever the queen visited them. Later in 1928, a pair of Shih Tzu was brought to England for the first time and in 1933 in Ireland. Later in 1960, three Shih Tzu clubs were established in American named American Shih Tzu Association, Shish Tzu Club of American and Texas Shih Tzu Society. Later in 1969, the Shih Tzu dog breeds were finally recognized by the American Kennel Club.
The recommended amount of food for a Shih Tzu breed is ½ to 1 cup of high-quality food which you can try to divide into 2 to 3 or more meals a day. it is recommended that you should give your dog high-quality food as possible so that your dog can get enough nutrition. The mentioned amount of food is not the exact amount and is just an average amount. The amount can differ in different dogs as in humans. The amount of food mostly depends on factors such as age, size, the activity level, their metabolism, and their body.
For most of the dogs, crate training is recommended as it makes house training very easy and simple. Crate training are suitable for any breed and sized dogs. There are different sized and kind of crates available in the market from which you can choose anyone. Try to buy a crate that is fit a little bit bigger than your dog’s size as if it is small then it may be suffocating to the dog. Also while you buy a crate, you should also buy some toys for your dog so that they don’t get bored. This also reduces the chance of your dog getting separation anxiety. Also, respect training is recommended so that your dog stop doing what they are doing when you say no.
The average price to adopt a Shih Tzu is around $900 to $2500. However, the price can differ depending on the location, breeder, and where you buy the dog. Obviously, when you buy a dog from a good and reputed breeder the price will higher than from a local breeder (also read). However, if you buy the dog from a local breeder that there could be many defects or hereditary disease with them. Also, the season can also differ the price of the dogs. A lot of people tend to adopt a dog during their vacations. So during the time when most people are on vacation, the breeders increase the price of the dog breeds.
A Shih Tzu dog breed is very small in size so they can not give birth to a lot of puppies. So the average number of puppies a Shih Tzu can give birth to is just 1 to 3. Like every other dog, a Shih Tzu also remains pregnant for 63 to 65 days long. However, if your dog doesn’t give birth on the 65th day then you should talk to the vet and take them for a checkup.
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Disease Suffered by Shih Tzu and Their Cure
Allergies are common in any kind of dogs. The dogs have mainly three kinds of allergies which are the food allergy, contact allergy and inhalant allergy. Food allergies can be treated by ignoring feeding your dog certain food from which they have an allergy. Contact allergies can be prevented by stopping the use of the thing that your dog is allergic to. Generally, it may be dog shampoo, their bedding, flea powder or other chemical substances. Lastly, the inhalant allergy is caused by various pollens, dust or mildews and can be prevented by changing the environment or through medications and restrictions.
The term Patellar Luxation literally explains the condition as Patellar means kneecap and Luxation means dislocation of a bone or joint. Patellar Luxation is a condition where the knee joint of your dog slides out of place. This condition can be very painful for some dogs while some can live normally. If you see your dog in pain, then you should take them to the vet.
Shih Tzu breeds have very bulge eyes due to which they are prone to eye problems. These eyes problems can be keratitis, proptosis, distichiasis, ectopic cilia, progressive retinal atrophy, and dry eyes. Mostly the symptoms of all of these conditions are redness in eyes, tearing up and irritation. Some can also cause partial or full blindness and even lead to eventual death. So, you should take your dog to the vet as soon as you see any symptoms.