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Basic characteristics

Country/Region of Origin:                                                          Japan
Trainability:                                                                            Medium
Size:                                                                                          Small
weight:                                                                                       4-7Kg
Energy level:                                                                          Medium
Exercise needed:                                                              10min/daily
Color:                                                                                   All Colors
Protection:                                                                              Medium
Shedding:                                                                                     Low
Area needed:                                                                             Small



Additional information (Wiki):The Shih Tzu is a friendly lap dog that at one time was bred to be a companion dog for Chinese royalty. Some say living in the imperial palace gave the Shih Tzu an arrogant quality, although they also display qualities of devotion and adaptability. They are not afraid to stand up for themselves. They tend to be sweet, playful, and trusting as well. It ranks 70th in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs, considered one of the lowest degree of working/obedience intelligence (trainability). They don't need as much exercise as larger dog breeds, but do suffer from the same difficulties as most small breed dogs due to having a smaller bladder.

The Shih Tzu coat has also been listed by many popular dog information websites as being hypoallergenic, but this has never been proven. All dogs shed, and it is the dog's dander and saliva that trigger most allergic reactions. Allergists do recognize that at times a particular allergy patient will be able to tolerate a particular dog, but they agree that "the luck of the few with their pets cannot be stretched to fit all allergic people and entire breeds of dogs." The Shih Tzu coat is said to be non shedding, which does not agree with what biologists, veterinarians, and allergists know about dog fur, although allergists "think there really are differences in protein production between dogs that may help one patient and not another", meaning that some allergic people may not have allergic reactions to a specific dog.

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