Shihtzu puppies are a type of small dog originating from China. They have short, white, and fluffy fur. Their eyes are wide-set with dark brown circles around them. Their body is round and firm with two straight lines on either side of the head.
Shihtzu puppies can be found in various colors and have a life-span of 12 to 14 years, though this may depend on their individual health conditions. They typically grow up to eight inches tall at the shoulder when full grown and weigh 18 pounds or more at that time as well as 10 pounds when they reach adulthood for females, 10 pounds for males.
Shihtzu puppies are known to be very energetic, playful, and loyal. They often exhibit a love for water and enjoy retrieving toys that they have been given. They tend to behave as if they are independent even though they love being part of the family. They are also surprisingly non-destructive when given the proper attention and training.
They have been known to live 12–14 years in domestic environments with proper care. They typically grow up to eight inches tall at the shoulder when full grown and weigh 18 pounds or more at that time as well as 10 pounds when they reach adulthood for females, 10 pounds for males.
On average, Shihtzu puppies sleep 12–14 hours per day but can spend up to 18 hours sleeping per day when they are puppies. They tend to wake up early in the morning and begin their day with a good walk or run.
The incidence of hip dysplasia among purebred Shih Tzus is higher than for any other breed, according to an analysis of dog insurance claims by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). In the United States there are currently no laws requiring screening for inherited disorders in dogs, including hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia may cause lameness and arthritis later in life. Some studies have found that dogs with two copies of the mutant gene (i.e., knock-in) tend to have a higher incidence of hip dysplasia than those with one mutation. However, other studies have found that the frequency of hip dysplasia among dogs appears to be the same regardless of whether they have two copies of the mutation or only one copy.
In some breeds, including Shih Tzu, cretinism can be a problem caused by inbreeding. Cretinism in many breeds, especially small breeds and toy dogs, appears to be on the rise due to lack of adequate blood-testing technology for inherited diseases.