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Breed:

Shih Tzu

Group (AKC):

Toy

Country of Origin7th century Tang Dynasty, Ancient China (Lion Dog)
Type of coatlong, dense, wavy, completely hiding legs, mane around face (Hence: Lion Dog)
Groomingdaily brushing and combing, regular bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, tendency to mat easily
Average height8-11 inches
Average weight10-16 pounds
Activity levelhigh
Watchdogyes, it will bark (yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap,yap, yap)
Protectionno
Intelligencehigh
TrainabilityBe patient and consistent. Can be a good obedience dog.
Compatibility with childrenMay not tolerate young children. Older children OK. No roughhousing or teasing.
Characterintelligent, active, feisty, playful, alert, curious, affectionate, arrogant, gentle, stubborn
Ideal home environmentapartment OK if walked daily
Ideal ownerpatient consistent leader
Suggestions:early socialization to build confidence, obedience training
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While having the "Uranus" of dog-breed names (ie: sounds funny), the Shih Tzu is a wonderful dog.

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