Small Dog Breeds A-Z (over 69 dog breeds listed!)
The Shih Tzu
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The Shih Tzu dog always behaves with a air of dignity, and gets along well with children and other household pets. This breed of dog's somewhat obstinate nature makes consistency an essential component in the training process. The Shih Tzu is an independent breed that is intelligent and lovable. Although they are known to be very affectionate, sociable, and cheerful, they are not always as outgoing as most breeds. Shih Tzus are happy with short walks around the block, and they seldom bark.
The Shih Tzu originates from the mountainous regions of Tibet. It is a tiny dog, with an average shoulder height of only 9.75 inches (25 cm). It's coat consists of long fine hairs, which must be combed everyday to prevent any tangles. Shih Tzus can come in a variety of colors including black, red, beige, and sometimes even white. It is important to note that Shih Tzus require extensive grooming.It usually is necessary to provide them with a hair bow or something similar to keep the hair out of the dog's eyes. Special eye drops must be applied to keep the eyes clean. The ear passages must be cleaned regularly as well. To keep the coat in good condition, it is necessary to take the dog to a professional groomer every two months to be clipped.