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Shih Tzu Dogs

By Lizzie Bell Martin

Shih Tzu dogs are perfect apartment-sized pets. Why? Because they only grow to 8 – 11 inches tall, and weigh about 9-16 pounds. So, if you are planning on getting yourself a new pet, maybe a Shih Tzu is the right dog for you however, there are a few things you will need to know about them.

Shih Tzu dogs are beautiful with their long flowing hair. Even their tails, which flip over their back, is also covered with that long mane of hair. Usually, because their hair covers their eyes, owners will pin the hair up into a pony-tail. While their muzzle hair is short, they look to have a mustache and a full beard.

Although they are very lively pets, they can also be very caring and thoughtful. They are very friendly, make friends easily and can be very easy to train with a patient teacher. Shih Tzu are also very good with other pets, as long as they don’t feel threatened of losing your attention. Everyone in the family needs to be the pack leader for this dog, making rules of the house very clear. Otherwise, your Shih Tzu may become a bit snappy when they surprised or upset. This usually happens when people allow their dog to be the pack leader.

Daily grooming of Shih Tzu is extremely important because their coats can easily become tangled and knotted. The best way to brush your Shih Tzu is to start at the tip of the hair and work your way up, de-tangling as you go. Some owners choose to keep their dog’s hair trimmed shorter for easier maintenance. No matter the “style” you have your dog, it is important to keep their eyes and ears clean of any debris. Because this breed of dog sheds very little, it is an excellent choice for people who have allergies to pet dander.

Walking your Shih Tzu daily is very important. This can alleviate behavior problems that may arise out of mental or physical stress. Giving them time off the lead, in a safe area, can give this dog a lot of exercise that they may not get just from playing inside. Over feeding your Shih Tzu can be regulated by keeping a feeding schedule. If allowed to free feed, your Shih Tzu will gain weight.

Liizie Belle has her own Shih Tzu, called Sydney, and enjoys sharing information on how to look after Shih Tzu Dogs. If you’re looking for Shih Tzu facts, names, gifts, or maybe information on how to groom a Shih Tzu, then her website is the place to go. Take a look today at

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