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A Little Bit about the Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu was developed as a dog to live as companions to humans. This is their main function. They do not catch rats or mice. They do not herd sheep. They were developed mainly to entertain and amuse...

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Is Your Shih Tzu Too Thin?

I write more about obesity in the Shih Tzu than I do about a Shih Tzu that could be 'too thin.' In general, the Shih Tzu breed is a hearty breed. My Shih Tzus have been hearty and healthy. This is true...

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Life with the Shih Tzu Part I

If you want that perfect show dog look in your Shih Tzu you might as well relax to the fact that it involved brushing, brushing, brushing, and daily brushing. A thorough head-to-tail groom is often...

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Life with the Shih Tzu Part II

In part I of this series of articles about life with the Shih Tzu I discussed the beginning steps of daily grooming of your Shih Tzu. In this article I will continue that discussion.

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Life with the Shih Tzu Part III

In part II of this series of articles we started discussion about the Shih Tzu topknot.In part II of this series of articles we started discussion about the Shih Tzu topknot. Follow the steps below to...

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Preserving the Show Dog Shih Tzu's Coat

The Shih Tzu's coat for the show rings requires extra care. Some show people actually keep their Shih Tzu confined and caged to preserve the coat, or they wrap the coat or oil it. Those who do keep...

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Good Shih Tzu Bathing Techniques

A good bathing technique is essential for keeping your Shih Tzu's hair in good shape and keeping skin problems at a minimum. A lot of Shih Tzu owners say they have skin problems. This is a problem I...

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The AKC Shih Tzu Standard : Breed to Compete

There is more than one area of the Shih Tzu that is considered in terms of "breeding to the AKC Shih Tzu Standard." I have been on Shih Tzu Puppies for sale websites in which they will state: "We breed...

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Before owning a Shih Tzu, Be a Show Spectator

If you are planning to show your Shih Tzu, your first experiences with conformation should be as a spectator. You need to do some studying and practicing before actually going into a show with your...

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Basics of a Shih Tzu Dog Show

If you have never gone to a Shih Tzu or any breed dog show you might wonder exactly what the judge will be doing. The judge will look into the mouth of the Shih Tzu or other dog breed to check for the...

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Differences and Similarities of Shih Tzu and Lhasa Aps

The Shih Tzu is one of the breeds of dogs that have their hair parted in the middle. This is called "parted-coat" breeds. Another important distinguishing grooming pattern of the Shih Tzu is the...

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Your Shih Tzu's Health - Controlling Brucellosis

Are you thinking about breeding your Shih Tzu or you are already an established Shih Tzu kennel? You might think about having your Shih Tzu tested for Brucellosis on a regular basis. Brucellosis is a...

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Parvovirus and Young Shih Tzu Puppies

I am so surprised at how many pet owners and would be pet/Shih Tzu owners do not know which vaccinations are mandatory for Shih Tzu puppies. In this article I will address only the importance of...

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First Aid Treatments for Your Shih Tzu

Be prepared for injuries and accidents for your Shih Tzu. Accidents can and do happen. Sometimes they can be quite serious. Being prepared for emergencies can increase chances of saving the life of...

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Congestive Heart Failure Common in Older Shih Tzu

Congestive heart failure is a serious condition that does affect older small breeds such as our beloved Shih Tzu. Congestive heart failure is defined as the heart's inability to function normally,...

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Epilepsy in the Shih Tzu and Other Dog Breeds

Epilepsy can affect any breed of dog, which includes our beloved Shih Tzu. There is a higher incidence of epilepsy in pure breed dogs of any size than in mixed breed dogs. For this reason the condition...

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