Shih – Tzus -The Irreverent Vet’s Opinion on the Shih – Tzu

Shih-Tzu – Shih-tzus are friendly dogs with a very calm, relaxed personality. They are smart and loyal pets with relatively long lifespans. They do require frequent grooming to maintain a nice healthy haircoat.

But, since this breed loves to be pampered it only seems appropriate to visit the 'salon' on a regular basis. Shih-tzus are playful when small but they don't have any special exercise requirements. However, if you are looking for a real perky, active dog-this breed is not for you. Shih-tzus make great lap dogs.

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