Filhote Shih Tzu is typical Toy dogs which are tiny and fluffy such that they resemble a teddy bear. The favorite toy dogs have a height of 8 inches to 12 inches and weigh between 9 pounds and 16 pounds. The hair that is on their head and face makes the dog resemble a chrysanthemum. Filhote Shih Tzu is known for their beautiful coats and their big dark eyes, their sweet expression and the shape of their faces which produces an awe-factor to most people.
Filhote Shih Tzu Recognition and Origin
The Filhote Shih Tzu was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1969, though they are believed to exist for a thousand years or even more in China, and they originated from Tibet where the monks treasured the dog due to resemblance to the lion. Buddha was believed to have a dog traveling with him which sometimes changed to a lion, and he rode on it. The monks, therefore, bred Filhote Shih Tzu and kept them in the temple, due to their resemblance to lions, thus the name Shih Tzu, which is Mandarin for small lion.
Filhote Shih Tzu Temperament
Filhote Shih Tzu has a happy and sweet natured personality though they can be proud and arrogant too sometimes. Compared to other breeds, the Filhote Shih Tzu are less demanding and less yappy. They are a suitable human companion and very friendly to strangers though they also bark in the case of any danger. Socialization is necessary though to develop a trusting temperament with other people, and they are peaceful with other pets especially if exposed to them at an early age. The idea of fun for this dog is cuddling on the companion’s laps and snuggling on soft pillows.
Filhote Shih Tzu has an aristocratic demeanor and stubborn streak that comes along with their intelligence which causes the dog to have difficulty in training and a short span concentration during training and requires a lot of praise and reward. The hardest thing though to teach a Filhote Shih Tzu is housebreaking. The Filhote Shih Tzu does not get into trouble easily as compared to other dogs, and they are easy to forgive though they do not obey quickly. Filhote Shih Tzu makes perfect pet for senior citizens and celebrities. Due to their size and being very fragile, it is not advisable to have a Filhote Shih Tzu around young children because they may end up hurting the dog.
Filhote Shih Tzu Coat Color
Filhote Shih Tzu has varying coat colors, up to fourteen colors. They may have three shades of color at a time. These colors are bright and colorful, and they include the following colors; black, white, red, silver, gold, brindle, liver (ranges from light red, orange, cream colored, to deep chocolate). Some Filhote Shih Tzu may have green eyes, and some may have blue color too. As they grow up, Filhote Shih Tzu tends to change their coat colors with time. Some coat colors lighten while others gray. This is determined by genes where Filhote Shih Tzu with “G” gene fade their coat colors with time, while the Filhote Shih Tzu with Chinchilla gene (CH series) gray with time and turn silver. They have one coat, but as they grow up, Filhote Shih Tzu grows another coat.