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Shih-teze Breed Information


Recognized By: DBR , IDCR
AKA: Shinese, Peke-Tzu
Mispellings: Peketzu, Peekashu, Pekatzu, Pekeshi, Shitzu-neeze

Caring for a Shih-teze

Feeding: The Shih-teze can be a very slow eater and sometimes finicky eater.

Living with a Shih-teze

Personality: The Shih-teze is a loving, smart and friendly little dog.

Family Dog: The Shih-teze makes a good family dog. They are best with older children.

Shedding: The Shih-teze is a very low shedding dog.

Grooming: The coat of the Shih-teze should be groomed regularly.

Training: The Shih-teze is typically easy to train using positive reinforcement techniques.

Behavior: The Shih-teze is a very affectionate, loving, playful dog who loves to snuggle with the family. They can be very protective and make a good watch dogs. They have been described as having a mighty heart for their small size.

Barking: The Shih-teze is typically not known for being a barker although some do tend to bark when playing. Depending on their socialization and personality some may tend to bark at strangers.

Weather: The Shih-teze does not do well in extreme temperatures.

Exercise: The Shih-teze does not require a lot of exercise but should be taken on a daily walk.

Living Conditions: The Shih-teze will do fine in an apartment.

Shih-teze Appearance

Appearance: The Shih-teze is know for their flat face and short legs.

Size: A fully grown Shih-teze can weigh between 7 to 14 pounds.

Companionship: The Shih-teze is a very affectionate dog who needs to be with others. They make a wonderful lap dog.

Eyes: The Shih-teze has black eyes.

Muzzle: The muzzle of the Shih-teze is very short.

Teeth/Bite: The Shih-teze may have an underbite.

Tail: The Shih-teze has a long tail.

Color: The coat of the Shih-teze can come in any color including cream and apricot.

Coat: The Shih-teze may have a single or double coat.

Shih-teze Facts

Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of the Shih-teze is 10 to 15 years.

Shih-teze Health

Health: The Shih-teze may have some breathing issuse due to their flat face. They can have mild asthma attacks if they get too hot.

Skin Health: The Shih-teze may suffer from some skin allergies.

Eye Health: The Shih-teze may have to have the hair around their eyes trimmed and their eyes cleaned frequently.

* The most accurate way to determine characteristics of a mixed breed is by researching the parent breeds.
** Not all dogs being represented by this name consist of the exact percentages listed above.
*** It is important to do research on your dog's history before choosing a dog. We are dedicated to providing the most accurate information possible about each breed.

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