Shih tzu: characteristics, care, education.

Shih tzu: characteristics, care, education.

Shih Tzu dogs originated in China, where they were bred as companions for Chinese royalty during the Qing Dynasty. They were believed to have been developed from crosses between the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese.

The name "Shih Tzu" roughly translates to "lion dog," which is a reference to their resemblance to Chinese guardian lions. The Shih tzu were bred by Tibetan monks as a companion dog and later brought to China during the Ming Dynasty. By the late 19th century, the breed had become popular among the Chinese imperial court. In the late 1930s, the breed was introduced to the UK, and in the 1950s, it was introduced to the US.Today, the Shih tzu is one of the most popular breeds in the world.


-Small size (usually under 10 lbs)

-Long, silky coat

-Round, black eyes

-Flat face with a short muzzle

-Long ears

-Compact body

-Friendly, affectionate personality



The Shih tzu are known for their friendly, affectionate personality. They are usually good with children and other dogs, and they like to be around people. They are usually laid-back and enjoy snuggling and cuddling. They can be an independent breed, but they do need some exercise and mental stimulation.


Shih Tzu dogs are a small and delicate breed, so they require extra care and attention. Grooming is especially important to keep their long, silky coats healthy and free of mats and tangles. They should be brushed daily and bathed every two to four weeks. Other care for a Shih Tzu includes regular veterinary check-ups, dental care, and nail trimming. They also need regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy.


Shih Tzu dogs are intelligent and can be easily trained with consistency and positive reinforcement. They should be trained using reward-based methods such as treats, praise, and play. Training should begin early in the puppy’s life and should focus on basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. It is important to socialize your Shih Tzu so they can get used to being around people and other animals.

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