Shih Tzu puppies are adorable, cute puppies, but they tend to develop superiority over their masters when not given enough attention. If you are going to own one, shower him or her with affection, and make him or her a part of your family.
Dogs are a man’s best friend, says the ever-famous line between the relationship of man and dog. We provide them with food, shelter, and loving care, and in return, dogs give their affection, loyalty, and protection when they feel the need to protect their master. They’ll spring to action when needed and will cuddle and entertain you when you’re down. With these traits, it’s no wonder why we consider them our “best friend”.
There are many different breeds of dogs worldwide, each with their own way of showing their love, affection, and undying loyalty to their masters. Some breeds provide their masters with protection, while others shower you with love and affection, and provide you with the much-needed break from the stressful work weeks. A good example would be the Shih Tzu, a dog breed which originated in China.
Shih Tzus are small dogs, but with long and hairy fur. Its regal appearance can be accredited to its silky and brightly-colored fur, which further enhances its adorableness. Shih Tzus, as mentioned above, originated in China and one of the most ancient dog breeds. In China, it is also known as “Shih-tzu Kou”, or “Lion Dog” (compare a lion’s mane to a Shih Tzu’s fur), and “Xi Shi quan”, which is based on the name of Xi Shi, one of the most beautiful women in ancient China.
Shih Tzus are very small. When standing, it measures no more than 26.7cm, and has a weight of 10-16lbs. Its fur’s color is commonly gold, white and red, but it can have other colors like blue, white, silver, black, and other shades of the mentioned colors.
Newborn Shih Tzu puppies are very sensitive and vulnerable, especially to high temperatures. They are brachycephalic, or those who have broad and short skulls, which is the cause why they are sensitive to high temperatures. Nursing newborn puppies requires sheer amount of attention and patience, and like other dog breeds, should not be separated from the mother until a year or two.
It is well-known for its playfulness, and this is what makes it one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. It also does some cute behaviors, like cuddling you when you’re not noticing him or her, like begging for your attention. Celebrities worldwide usually own Shih Tzus (next to Chihuahuas, another popular breed), and smother them with affection and unneeded decorations.
However, as they are mostly attention-seekers, they tend to develop “Small Dog Syndrome”, in which he or she believes he or she is the “master”. Try taking him or her out for a walk, and let him or her play with other pets. Later on, he or she will have newfound respect for his or her master and will be forever loyal to them.
Be aware that each dog breed has their own diet to be followed. Keep them well-fed, but not feed them too much. Always exercise and take short walks on cool days, as they tend to wear out faster on sunny days. Brush their coat with a bristle brush to keep its fur smooth and silky.