There is little history written about Shih Tzu, but we can trace back its breed to Tibet. It is assumed that Shih Tzu was bred by the Tibetan lamas, and was linked with the Buddhist mythology. Shih Tzu is the tiniest Tibetan breeds and are often loved for their tiny curved tail and a heavy coat. The Shih Tzu were watching dogs and companions of the monks. These entertaining and happy little dogs are surrounded by multiple myths. Chinese people to this date belief that these dogs hold the souls of lamas who did not achieve nirvana.
Every dog comes with the potential of developing health problems. Some health problems are associated with their genes while other they inherit by the surroundings. Any dog that does not walk or run is likely to fall prey to multiple health problems. Same is the case with Shih Tzu. Walk away from breeders who tell you that this dog has lived and would live in isolation for the most part of the day and would also stay in good health.
Being a tiny dog, Shih Tzu can have misaligned teeth. They have a small mouth which causes tooth crowding. They are also vulnerable to periodontal disease for which they require regular checkups and visit the dentist. Some abnormal birth cases can have palate or cleft lip. The knee caps of these dogs can easily pop out. It is a common health problem in dogs known as luxating patellas.
A Shih Tzu is likely to be stubborn if you leave them alone all day. They are an attention seeker and would run after your importance. They will not give the training sessions much importance because that involves your being strict with them. You need some patience and extra time for early age training. But once you have given them enough time, they will easily follow your commands. This little clown is extremely confident and loves to be loved.
They also chew a lot and lick themselves to lose fur. You have to teach them to share, else they would not appreciate any other company with you.
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