Shih Tzu: Health Issues & Personality
Shih Tzu:

The vivacious Shih Tzu is both a gentle lapdog and spunky companion.  It is good with children and affectionate with its family.

While the Shih Tzu is a robust dog, it needs a carefully balanced diet to avoid weight problems.  Show dogs must daily have their coats untangled with a steel comb and a brush of boar bristles; a preparation containing mink oil sprayed on will help to eliminate knots in the coat.  The long hair on its head can be tied in a small knot at the top of the skull to clear its vision.  The dog should not be allowed to sleep near sources of heat, which can cause its coat to lose its attractive lustre.  The Shih Tzu should be bathed every five or six weeks.

Average Lifespan Of The Shih Tzu: 12-16 years.
Average Weight: 10-18lbs.

Inherited Health Disorders:

Poorly Developed Eye Socket

Renal Cortical Hypoplasia: (A condition in which the cortex of the kidney(s) does not develop completely. See the page on kidney diseases in dogs for more information.)

Clefts Of Lip And Palate
Shih Tzu
Exercise Requirements: 1/5
Affection Level: 4/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 4/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:
Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
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