The Shih Tzu

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For 16 years the love of my life was a “little lion” named G’Kar the Warrior. Today’s puppy of the day is a Shih Tzu named Sheldon, so I thought it would be appropriate to give our readers an overview of the breed.
Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Breed standard:
Height: 9 inches to 10 inches tall at the shoulder Weight: 9 to 16 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 16 years

Bred solely to be a companion, the Shih Tzu is an affectionate, happy, outgoing housedog who loves nothing more than to follow his people from room to room. Shih Tzu’s are beautiful dogs, but they are also friendly, lively, devoted companions. The Shih Tzu personality is enormously appealing, and even grudging dog observers find it hard to resist this breed. The Shih Tzu simply doesn’t allow anyone to ignore him. He was bred to be a friendly companion and that’s what he is. He loves nothing more than to meet and greet friends and strangers alike. Count on a Shih Tzu to make friends wherever he goes. (1)

The Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with long flowing double coat. Befitting his noble Chinese ancestry as a highly valued, prized companion and palace pet, the Shih Tzu is proud of bearing, has a distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and tail curved over the back. (2) Their coat does require constant maintenance and grooming. I kept G’kar’s coat very short with monthly visits to the groomer, yet somehow he still found a way to get dirty. If you decide to let your Shih Tzu’s hair grow you should brush it twice a day to keep it clean.

The Shih Tzu is a quiet playful dog, ideal for apartment life. Although not considered by most to be a guard dog, they are alert and will bark if someone comes to the door. Play can be enough exercise but it is recommended that you take your ST out for a walk each day. Be careful with the weather – these dogs do not do well in extreme heat or cold.

They love children and are safe with almost any age child.

Come by Puppy Love Long Island on Franklin Avenue in Franklin Square to meet Sheldon and all of our other puppies!!!  Puppy Love makes sure that we bring you the healthiest puppy available. We work hands on with all our private breeders to bring you a healthy, happy, puppy. Here at Puppy Love we make it our priority to bring in only the best puppies available!

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