Shih Tzu

Shih tzu are affectionate and known for their happy temperament. Lively and friendly, the Shih tzu gets along with people of all ages and with other dogs as well as other pets of different species. This breed enjoys walks and should be kept fit. However, it is not recommended to exercise a shih tzu in hot, humid weather as with a short muzzle, this breed is prone to heat stroke. Despite of all that hair, Shih Tzus are said to shed less than other breeds and often only when washed or brushed.

General Characteristics:

Shih tzu are affectionate and known for their happy temperament. Lively and friendly, the Shih tzu gets along with people of all ages and with other dogs as well as other pets of different species. This breed enjoys walks and should be kept fit. However, it is not recommended to exercise a shih tzu in hot, humid weather as with a short muzzle, this breed is prone to heat stroke. Despite of all that hair, Shih Tzus are said to shed less than other breeds and often only when washed or brushed.  

Avg. Weight Male:
4 - 8 kg
Avg. Weight Female:
4 - 8 kg
Average Lifespan:
13 – 16 years

Genetic Predisposition:

A genetic predisposition means that an individual may have a tendency to develop certain diseases as a consequence of inherited defects in the genes. Although some disorders occur because of spontaneous mutation of genes, many genetic disorders are inherited. These conditions are seen quite often in canines, mostly but not exclusively, in purebreds. Having said that, this breed has an increased risk for the following conditions which may or may not manifest:

Luxating Patella Urine Crystals Brachycephalic Syndrome Kidney Problems Eye Problems Skin Problems

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