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Shih Tzu

Tags: toy, Small-sized, High energy level, Adaptable to apartment life

A blend of Lhasa Apso and Pekingese -- plus some special grooming -- makes me look like a sweet-faced little lion. At least the Chinese emperors thought so -- especially during the Ming Dynasty -- when I had the run of their palaces. These days, who doesn't need a little (8-11 inches at the shoulder, 9-16 pounds) lion watchdog guarding the house and announcing visitors? The Shih Tzu was admitted to the AKC's Toy Group in 1969. We currently rank 10th on the kennel club's list of dog registrations statistics -- right above the Miniature Schnauzer.

Rave review

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with a daily walk
  • Affectionate, loyal family friend
  • Always alert
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Courageous canine
  • Energizer doggie

Report card

  • Even-tempered, good-natured
  • Independent thinker
  • Coat needs regular care
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Outgoing extrovert
  • Playful pal
  • Socialization and training should start early
  • Spirited
  • House-training can be difficult
  • Willing watchdog

What to expect

I'm used to being treated like royalty, so naturally I have some demands. First, I need you to be patient during my house-training. It may take a while -- and just when you assume I've got it, you'll find tiny puddles or surprises somewhere else around the house -- but I will learn eventually. I also need lots of love and attention -- and promise to return the same ten-fold. I hate to be left alone too long -- and while I can't wreck your house like those big dogs with separation anxiety, I'll think of something. Finally, I need to be protected from fur-yanking little children -- at the same time I want to get along with considerate kids. This can be a teachable moment for all of us.

Watch for

Possible cleft lip and palate, renal cortical hypoplasia, hypertrophic pyloric gastropathy, entropion, trichiasis, dermatoid cysts, von Willebrand's disease, prolapsing nictitans gland, chronic keratitis, corneal ulcers, progressive retinal atrophy, retinal detachment.

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