The shih tzu dog breed is one of the oldest crossbreeds. It originated in Tibet around the 7th century. It was first called the Lhasa Apso and is believed to have come from a mix of Tibetan and Chinese dogs. The breed later spread to England and the United States. Its native stock was destroyed during the Communist takeover of Tibet.
The breed was nearly extinct in the first half of the twentieth century. Today, you can find Shih Tzus in many pet stores, but be aware that the majority of places will not allow dogs in the store without a leash. Some stores will allow dogs, but you need to keep them contained in a carrier or canine stroller. Visiting a farm or orchard with your dog can be a fun activity for the two of you. Many apple orchards also have peach and other fruit trees. Fruits that are safe for dogs include the strawberry and peach.
Dogs love to play hide and seek. You can teach your Shih Tzu to hide by using commands like sit or calling softly. When they find you, they love to be rewarded with a treat. Sprinklers are also fun, and you can use them to cool off your Shih Tzu.
Shih Tzu dogs require a great deal of attention each day. These dogs are naturally affectionate and like to play with children. They don’t need to guard the house and will be very happy to spend time with your family and friends. But they should be introduced to children at an early age.
Shih tzu dogs are generally small, with an eight to eleven-inch head. Their weight ranges from nine to sixteen pounds. They mature at about ten months. They are sturdy and have a rounded head and large, prominent eyes. They also have a long tail that carries over their back, and they have an agile, fast gait for such a small dog.
Some restaurants let dogs into the dining area, so you can bring your dog with you while dining out. Some even have special dog menu items. For instance, Starbucks has a dog version of its popular Puppuccino (an espresso shot served in a paper cup with whip cream). In n’ Out offers a dog patty that comes in its own doggy bag.