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Shih Tzu

Breed origin: China
Original purpose: Prized house pets for Chinese royals.

AKC recognized: 1969
AKC group: Toy

Size: Weight: 9 to 16 lbs
Size: Height: 8 to 11 inches
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Color: Any color.

Life span: 10 to 20 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Shih Tzu is outgoing, happy, affectionate, and friendly. They were bred to be companion dogs, and are trusting towards all. However, they are not afraid to stand up for themselves. They do not tolerate the heat because of their short noses, and must be kept cool in hot climates.

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Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

Protective? No

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

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Energy/Activity Level: Low

Good jogging partner? No

Grooming requirement: Brush thoroughly at least once a week. Some dogs with softer coats mat more easily and may require daily brushing. Bathe every three to four weeks. Some owners opt to keep their dogs in a short "puppy clip" to make it easier to maintain.

Known health problems: Heat stroke, portosystemic shunts, hip dysplasia.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Shih Tzu For Dummies
By Eve Adamson
Published in 2007
376 pages

The Shih Tzu Handbook
By Sharon L. Vanderlip, DVM
Published in 2005
160 pages

The Shih Tzu
By Deborah Wood
Published in 2006
207 pages

Shih Tzu (A Complete Owner's Manual)
By Jaime Sucher
Published in 2000
96 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Shih Tzu Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Shih Tzu Club Rescue

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