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