Shih Tzu Terrier is small, sturdy and lively dogs, which are mostly bred with other different kinds of breeds to produce small designer dogs.
Physical Characteristics of Shih Tzu Terrier
Shih Tzu Terrier is 9 to 10.5 inches regarding height and range between 9 to 16 pounds in weight. The little black nose and abundant beard and mustache that grow from the nose upwards gives Shih Tzu Terrier a face that looks like a chrysanthemum. The eyes are large, round and are wide set, which is dark colored on most but is light colored on the blue and liver dogs.
Shih Tzu Terrier has a short and squared muzzle with no wrinkles, and their ears are small and are the same size as pendants, which are covered by hair. The high set tail curls over their back and are thickly plumped with hair. The Shih Tzu Terrier have a long and thick coat that may be of any color.
Advantages of Shih Tzu Terrier
Shih Tzu Terrier is sturdy and small and does not require a lot of outdoor exercises compared to other mid-sized dogs. The Shih Tzu Terrier are friendly and polite with strangers, and when exposed to pets at an early age, they become peaceful with the pets. Due to shedding fur that is less compared to other breeds, Shih Tzu Terrier is not hypoallergenic.
Disadvantages of Shih Tzu Terrier
Due to their intelligence, Shih Tzu Terrier tends to be stubborn at times and increases their difficulty in housebreaking and general training. The service of a professional dog trainer may be required to train them. Regular brushing, combing, and shearing of Shih Tzu Terrier coat is needed. On regular intervals to prevent the coats from matting on each other. Shih Tzu Terrier may develop health problems due to their unnaturally short face.
Shih Tzu Terrier is bathed at least once per week, and daily brushing and combing of their hair are required to prevent tangles. Brushing is done until the skin is reached to prevent mats and tangles. Some Shih Tzu Terrier owners opt to clip their hair short to avoid constant upkeep.
Shih Tzu Terrier requires other grooming needs on the ears, teeth, and nails. The ears should be checked on a weekly basis for signs of irritation, infection and the buildup of wax with a cleaner approved by a veterinary and a cotton ball, to prevent ear infections that are common to Shih Tzu Terrier. The teeth are brushed once a week to prevent gum disease and tartar buildup that might cause dental problems which are common among small dogs, and the nails should be trimmed short.
Shih Tzu Terrier Health
Shih Tzu Terrier is very fragile, and they suffer from health problems common to small dogs. Shih Tzu Terrier may suffer from luxating patella where their knee caps quickly pop out of their original position. Shih Tzu Terrier suffers from an inherited condition called renal dysplasia where their kidneys do not develop normally. Shih Tzu Terrier may suffer from other diseases such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, distichiasis ectopic cilia, brachycephalic and keratoconjunctivitis.