10 ‘Surprisingly Sweet’ Facts about Shih Tzu Dogs
There is plenty of Shih Tzu information and facts galore out there in the world. This is a little breed of dog that is increasingly popular and very well loved, take a look though at our Shih Tzu information and facts, you’re sure to find something that you have not learned yet.
1. The Shih Tzu is bred to be a companion, which is why he is so perfect in the role of lap dog. The companion status is based upon his original role as a dog of royalty where Emperors in China presented the Shih Tzu to ladies as a courtship gift and between noblemen as gift and sign of respect.
2. The Shih Tzu name is pronounced to sound like the following; Sheed Zoo, Shid Zoo, or Sheet Sue. The original name is ‘Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou’ which broken down into two separate words means ‘lion dog’ based upon the legend that Buddha travelled with a small Shih Tzu who literally became a lion to protect his master from robbers.
3. The Shih Tzu dog is difficult to housebreak, he has a small bladder and will need a lot of help to get the idea that outside is where the toileting happens. The Shih Tzu often needs very specific potty training.
4. Despite being a companion dog the Shih Tzu is currently excelling in roles ranging from agility to assistance dog. He is actually very nice and quite easy to train when properly motivated, he usually adores food.
5. The Shih Tzu has been known, in history, as “little lion dogs” or “chrysanthemum-faced” dogs. They are mentioned regularly in ancient Chinese documentation.
6. The Dalai Lama is said to have gifted a pair of Shih Tzu to Empress Tzu Hsi that were taught to sit up and wave their front paws in the presence of the Empress. The dogs are believed to have lived in their own palace.
7. The Shih Tzu is one of the 14 oldest dog breeds that we know of today.
8. Due to the head shape and short muzzle of the Shih Tzu he is susceptible to overheating. The little dog cannot get cold air into his body quick enough to cool himself in hot climates, it is important that any Shih Tzu guardian watches the dog carefully.
9. The Shih Tzu can easily become a yapper and even guard his owner if not carefully trained. He is extremely intelligent and quite stubborn so it is a good idea to teach the breed something new, regularly or he will get into trouble.
10. The Teacup Shih Tzu does not exist with ethical dog breeders. The extra small Shih Tzu purposely bred to be tiny is a result of breeding two dogs that are in poor health or genetically weak.
So there you have it, ten sweet facts about the Shih Tzu, an amazing little dog that makes a great pet, companion and family member. For more Shih Tzu information and facts pop to (Shih Tzu Web, book or blog?) The biggest Shih Tzu resource on the internet.
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