The Shih-Tzu

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The Shih Tzu

shih-tzu.jpgThe Shih Tzu has a long documented history that is at least 1,000 years old! Shih Tzus were bred as a companion dog in Tibet, and were a prized and beloved pet to most of the Royals of the Ming Dynasty. The Shih Tzu is one of the few breeds that has remained in the service of what it was originally intended to be – a companion. And, while no one knows for sure, it is believed that Shih Tzus were created by crossing a Lhaso Apso, a Tibetan Mountain dog and a Pekignese.

Discovered during World War II by British Soldiers the dogs were brought to the United Kingdom and the United States. Shih Tzus were not registered with the American Kennel Club until 1969, however, they have since soared in popularity, and are now in the AKC’s Top 10 Most Popular dogs, according to the Club’s registrations.

Shih Tzus are among the heartiest of the Toy Breeds, and are very playful, outgoing, and affectionate with sweet dispositions. The breed is intelligent and responsive making them relatively easy to train if you are patient, consistent and use praise and reward-based training. Shih Tzus are more likely to respond to a kind voice, vs. a stern one, so be mindful of that when training, or trying to get your dog’s attention.

The Shih Tzus petite, compact bodies should not fool you. As they are not as delicate as they look, and they can be quite strong for their size and weight. In fact the name Shih Tzu, quite literally means Lion Dog, and it is appropriate as these little dogs are courageous, and unafraid to stand up for themselves. While the breed is usually not dog aggressive, it is a good idea that you pay special attention in situations where other larger dogs are present as Shih Tzus are not likely to run and hide if they are attacked, or aggressed upon even if the other dog is 10x their size.


27 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

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Pet Health Pictures Slideshow: 27 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

A woman and a number of dogs sitting in a field
A cat kissing a woman's face
A couple sitting with their cat
A rock climber and her dog
A dog lying on a mans's chest
A woman sitting with her cat
A man walking his dalmation dog
Women doing yoga with their dogs
A hand petting a cat
Two dogs and their owners meeting
A toddler hugging a dog
A cat kissing a baby
An alert dog with its owner
A dog sitting between a couple
A dog at the vet
A boy blowing bubbles and playing with his dog
A boy with autism riding a horse and getting horse therapy
A mature woman taking her dog for a walk
A woman stretching with her cat
A man and his dog on the beach
People riding horses
A woman sleeping and laying next to her dog
A woman holding her hairless dog
A seizure dog lying on a man having a seizure
A service dog wearing a pill backpack
A hand petting a dog
A cat sitting the bed
A therapy dog in a halloween costume cheering up a woman in a wheelchair

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Ban Ohio Dog Auctions

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy
Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions
Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions is a registered Political Action Committee (PAC) with the Ohio Secretary of State and is recognized as a §501(c)(4) organization by the Internal Revenue Service

ince 2004, the Ohio Dog Auctions have grown into anything but run-of-the-mill.

Breeders who participate in these auctions are raising large numbers of dogs and puppies with profit as the primary motive for existence. Many of  them are found to be unhealthy, not screened for genetic diseases, do not show resemblance to the breed standard and lack good temperament.

The picture shown above is just one of hundreds of dogs represented at this auction.

Participants at this auction travel from many surrounding states, including some, such as Pennsylvania, where public dog auctions are illegal.

One of those participants, breeder Wanda (McDuffee) Kretzman of Minnesota, has been issued multiple citations by the USDA, two of those participants, breeders Kathy Jo Bauck of Minnesota and Lanzie “Junior” Horton of Ohio, have been convicted of animal cruelty and one of those participants, breeder Daniel P. Esh of Pennsylvania, had his licensed revoked March 19, 2010 by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

It’s a sad life for man’s best friend.  And a business managed by a tremendous amount of corruption and consumer fraud.

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Click here to learn how you can help ban Ohio dog auctions

“I saw dogs with fleas, cherry eyes, nails so long that they curled into the pads of their feet…”

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The next Ohio Dog Auction is May 22 (Back to the Kennel) at Farmerstown Sale Barn in Farmerstown, OH.

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