Shih Tzu OR Tsi Shu Dogs
About the Shih Tzu OR Tsi Shu Dogs
The Shih-Tzu is a member of the Toy Breed group of dogs, which makes it a very popular choice of pet for families and people who live in apartments.
I am sure that you will agree – this is a seriously cute looking breed of dog. With the gorgeous hair that flows everywhere, there are a lot of owners who choose to make dramatic effects with different poochy “hair-styles” on their Shih Tzus. And of course, there are others who just love to dress their dog up in all sorts of costumes. Just take a look at the dog pictured here!
However, with their even temper, these tiny canines seem to take most things in their stride. Their personality is most often easy going and friendly. Although lack of basic training and set of rules may mean that a Shih-Tzu will have some behavioral problems – just like any other dog.
How Do You Pronounce This Breeds Name?
Hint – It Does NOT Contain The Word For Poo!
So you want to know the correct way to pronounce the name of this delightful little breed of dog? Well, I can assure you that it does not sound like a four-letter-word that rhymes with “kit”!
People often don’t pronounce the second “h” and then they stress the letter “t” at the end of the first word. Which of course means they call this pooch a “shit zoo”.
When the name is pronounced correctly the letter “i” is said as an “e” and the second “h” is silent. So the first word is pronounced as “she”. And then, more importantly, the letter “t” in the second word is also silent. So the name of this breed of dog is correctly pronounced as “She-Zu”.
I hope that clears it up for you – and prevents any “She-Zu” owners – or their little dogs – from snapping at you in the future 🙂 Some owners do become a little sensitized to this fou-pah and will wish to re-train you.
A Quick Intro
About the Shih Tzu
The word Shih-Tzu means “lion” in Chinese, where this breed has been kept as a privileged pet for the royal Ming Dynasty. It certainly has a very regal bearing with its upright stance and tail that flows over it’s back.
The Shih-Tzu body type is compact and sturdy, with the most well-known feature being its stunning coat. The hair is long and flowing and made up of a double coat. This means that an owner does need to be prepared to spend a little time on keeping up with grooming.
Daily brushing is a requirement. Keeping a Shih Tzu coat in great condition is easy, however, if neglected they can become matted and dirty looking – not a good look!
The Shih Tzu makes a very family friendly pet and along with it’s playful and non-aggressive nature, it is usually an efficient guard dog. They do not bark very often but will certainly alert you to any strangers appearing on their property and stand up in defense of themselves, their family and property.
The Shih-Tzu Colors
The Shih-Tzu comes in a range of many delightful colors. There is almost a choice for every taste as well as different patterns including colored masks on the face.
The accepted colors are Black, Blue, Brindle, Gold, Liver, Red, Silver, and White. And along with solid colored dogs, they can be a mix of these colors. For example Liver and White – or Black, Silver & White.