Welcome To Jenny Shih Tzu Home
WELCOME TO JENNY SHIH TZU HOME
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About the Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu (pronounced in the West “sheed-zoo” or “sheet-su”; the Chinese say “sher-zer”), weighing between 9 to 16 pounds, and standing between 8 and 11 inches, are surprisingly solid for dogs their size. The coat, which comes in many colors, is worth the time you will put into it—few dogs are as beautiful as a well-groomed Shih Tzu.
Being cute is a way of life for this lively charmer. The Shih Tzu is known to be especially affectionate with children. As a small dog bred to spend most of their day inside royal palaces, they make a great pet if you live in an apartment or lack a big backyard. Some dogs live to dig holes and chase cats, but a Shih Tzu’s idea of fun is sitting in your lap acting adorable as you try to watch TV.
Keeping Shih Tzu Dogs Healthy: 5 Issues to Watch Out For
With the proper care, the average Shih Tzu life span can reach 10 to 18 years. However, pet parents must be on the lookout for problems that occur at a higher-than-average rate in the breed. These Shih Tzu health issues can include the following.
Intervertebral Disk Disease
Shih Tzus have a condition known as chondrodystrophy, a cartilage development issue which leads to shorter limbs and an increased risk of back problems caused by bulging or ruptured intervertebral disks. Routine activity can result in injuries, especially as dogs age, gain weight and/or lose muscle mass. A disk that presses on the spinal cord can result in loss of limb function, trouble with urinating and defecating, and pain that may or may not resolve with treatment.
All dogs with flat faces, including Shih Tzus, have a degree of brachycephalic airway syndrome (BOAS), which can lead to noisy breathing, increased effort to breathe, difficulty exercising, a tendency to overheat and gagging. In severe cases, dogs may collapse due to low blood oxygen levels, but most Shih Tzus have a relatively mild form of BOAS. Like many small dog breeds, Shih Tzus are at risk for developing a collapsing trachea, which leads to a characteristic “goose honk” cough.
A Shih Tzu’s prominent eyes can lead to problems such as excessive drainage of tears (epiphora) and wounds to the eye surface. Loss of vision associated with a degenerative condition called progressive retinal atrophy can be seen in young and middle-aged Shih Tzus.
Periodontal disease is quite common in Shih Tzus due to tooth crowding. Routine dental cleanings performed by a veterinarian and home dental care, including daily tooth brushing, are very important to prevent oral pain, tooth loss and infections that can spread to other parts of the body.
Older Shih Tzus are at relatively high risk for hip dysplasia, a degenerative condition affecting one or both hips and that leads to arthritis. Patellar luxation (a kneecap that slips out of its normal groove) also is quite common in this breed.
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