Shih Tzu 12th Most Popular UK Dog

Even during these trying times, it seems that the Shih Tzu’s popularity remains just as strong as ever. According to Kennel Club information, the Shih Tzu comes in at No. 12 in the Top 20 most popular UK dog breeds.

Originally the Shih Tzu found favour with Chinese emperors back in its native homeland. The Shih Tzu was actually created by them by crossing the Tibetan Lhasa Apso with the Pekingese to create what the Tang Dynasty considered the perfect companion dog.

Shih Tzus are sociable, intelligent, friendly little dogs. And rather popular it seems!

Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale

There are many quality Shih Tzu breeders who have puppy Shih Tzus for sale.

Do your research. Check out the various Shih Tzu breeders that you find online. Check to see if they also offer a health guarantee. Check that they are registered Kennel Club breeders. There are thousands of Shih Tzu puppies for sale all waiting to be taken home and loved, just make sure you choose the right one for you.

Decide why you want a Shih Tzu puppy. Is it to show or is it simpy a family pet or companion dog? It will make a difference as to the breeder you choose.

Make sure you see your Shih Tzu puppy’s mother – it’s the best way of knowing how your puppy will look when it’s fully grown.

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What Are Shih Tzus Really Like?

Shih Tzus are as cute as they look. In fact as far as looks go, dogs don’t come much cuter than the Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu is a loveable, affectionate, playful little dog who simply loves the company of people. Few dogs that can match the Shih Tzu as a companion dog, which perhaps explains why, with an ageing UK population, their popularity is on the increase.

Shitzus are sociable little dogs. They are excellent with other animals and children but also sensitive so they should never be treated harshly or shouted at. Their somewhat stern appearance belies their true cheerful personality. They are not a dog best suited to a noisy environment.

While they may have the reputation for being a little wilful, they are not a disobedient dog – it’s simply their aristocratic upbringing. The Shitzu is an intelligent breed, and properly and correctly taught right from wrong they will happily fit in with their owner’s needs.

While they are a tough little dog which enjoys a rough and tumble as much as any dog, the Shitzu’s prominent eyes make them highly susceptible to injury. So while they love to play, care must be not to cause inury to their eyes.

The Shitzu makes an excellent companion dog. Like any dog they will bark when necessary, but they will not continue to bark without good reason. And having alerted their owner to the presence of a stranger or an unusual noise, any such stranger is ensured a friendly welcome.

In summary, there are few more ideal companion dogs than the Shitzu. The Shitzu is particularly suited to the quieter, older owner, although likely to be just as happy with a family mindful of the Shitzu’s more gentile side. They love people and crave nothing more from their owner than their companionship. They are definitely not a dog to be left outside. They need the company of people.

If you would like to read more about owning a Shitzu, please read some of these excellent, highly recommended books:

* Shih Tzu for Dummies by: Eve Adamson
* A New Owners Guide to Shih Tzu by: JoAnn Regelman
* Shih Tzu by: Juliette Cunliffe
* The Pet Owner’s Guide to the Shih Tzu by: Dorothy Gurney
* Guide to Owning a Shih Tzu by: Teri Soy
* Shih Tzu: An Owner’s Companion by: Wendy M Brown

So You Want A Shih Tzu Puppy?

Before you purchase your Shih Tzu puppy, consider why you want a Shih Tzu in the first place. It will greatly determine what sort of puppy and what sort of Shih Tzu breeder you are looking for. Simply searching for Shih Tzu puppy breeders will not necessarily guarantee you your desired result.

Naturally you will want a pedigree Shih Tzu puppy. Buying a pedigree Shih Tzu from a registered breeder is the best way of being certain that you are going to get what you pay for. Unlike simply buying a Shih Tzu – or any other breed of dog if it comes to that – without a pedigree certificate, if you buy a pedigree Shih Tzu puppy you have a reasonable idea what your adult Shih Tzu will look like because pictures of adult Shih Tzus abound, especially on the internet.

All puppies look cute, especially Shih Tzu puppies. Trust us, if you see one, you’ll want one! But you need to know what your Shih Tzu is going to look like when it is fully grown. You also need to know, as far as possible, that you are buying a healthy puppy. That is the main advantage of buying a Shih Tzu puppy with a pedigree certificate from a Kennel Club registered Shih Tzu breeder.

You also need to see the mother. That is important. If you see the mother then you have a fair idea how your pup will turn out. Does she have the right temperament to suit your lifestyle? Unless you are planning to show your Shih Tzu, breed standards don’t matter too much. It is your puppy’s temperament that is most important. The fact that your Shih Tzu might not be suitable for showing or fit the exact breed standards doesn’t matter a hoot if you want a happy, healthy, family pet. But at least by buying your Shih Tzu puppy from a specialist Shih Tzu breeder, you have a reasonable idea what you are going to get for your money.

Of course if you are buying a Shih Tzu puppy for the purpose of showing it, then that is a different matter. You will want the best puppy your money can buy. But if you simply want a delightful and faithful family pet or companion dog, then a Shih Tzu can be hard to beat. And the best way of ensuring that is to buy your Shih Tzu puppy from a registered Shih Tzu breeder, see the mother, check the pedigree certificate, and look forward to many years of happy Shih Tzu owning!

Shih Tzu Eye Problems

Shih Tzus are robust little dogs, but it should always be borne in mind that Shih Tzus have very prominent eyes. This makes their eyes highly susceptible to damage.

The Shih Tzu’s compressed face makes them terribly appealing to us all. But the fact that they have no prominent nose to be the first point of contact with any obstacle means that their large eyes are at risk at all times. Even contact with a bush or shrub can be enough to cause damage. Rough handling can be even worse!

Play with your Shih Tzu by all means. But bear in mind that any damage to a Shih Tzu’s eyes is likely to be serious.

So play with your Shih Tzu with care!

Shih Tzu Health

You would be surprised at the number of Shih Tzu health issues you could actually diagnose and treat yourself, at a fraction of the cost of taking your Shih Tzu to the vet.

Written by vet John Bleby, The Dog’s Health from A-Z: A Canine Veterinary Dictionary, descibes how many canine illnesses can be self-diagnosed and treated, or avoided altogether, with a little knowledge and understanding.

While this book cannot take the place of your vet, it certainly demonstrates that there is much that you can do to prevent many problems happening in the first place. We are more than happy to recommend this excellent book which is certain to pay for itself in the fullness of time!