A great option for any potential pet parent fearing dog-related allergies, the Shih Tzu is hypoallergenic. This trait is owed to the fact that they don't have fur, but rather hair, which very rarely sheds. The tradeoff for this wonderful, long, double coat of hair is that they require regular grooming. Without proper coat maintenance their hair is succeptible to matting which can prove to be extremely discomforting and even painful for the pup.
As impossibly charming as this breed may be, regular training is vital as they have a reputation for being mischevious when not properly socialized or trained. Due to their sensitive, people pleasing nature it is recommended that you only use positive reinforcement on this dog as harsh words may result in an adverse effect.
Due to the flat shape of the Shih Tzu's face, they are particularly vulnerable to heat strokes, because the air going into the lungs isn't cooled as efficiently as it is among longer-nosed breeds. They should be kept in an air-conditioning room during the hot summer season.
Coming from a regal lineage, being kept as royal pets in China for centuries, one might assume that they have a snobby & bumptious attitude. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Shih Tzus are beautiful, but they are also friendly, lively, devoted companions.
Highly adaptable by nature, you can keep this cute furball in your apartment or leave him in a park to roam around (due to their tiny stature, it is recommended that they are constantly under supervision).
Shih Tzu's weren't bred to hunt, herd, or guard - they were bred with the sole purpose of being the perfect companion for any person. Staying true to their purpose they get along terrifically with children, strangers, and dogs alike.
Owning a Shih Tzu, is similar to owning a piece of Chinese history. Imperial breeders in the palace of the Chinese emperor developed the Shih Tzu (meaning “lion dog”) centuries ago most likely by crossing two of Tibet's even more ancient breeds - the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. The breed remained hidden behind palace walls, virtually unknown to the outside world, until the1930s. Subsequently, breed clubs formed in Peking and later England further refining the breed.
Legend has it that the Buddha was out for a walk with his dog one day, when several robbers came upon him with the intent of robbing and murdering him. His tiny dog, bearing a striking resemblance to the Shih Tzu, changed into a ferocious lion and ran off the robbers - saving Buddha's life. The lion then turned back into a fun-loving little dog, which the Buddha picked up and kissed. The white spot on the heads of many Shih Tzus supposedly marks the place where Buddha kissed his loyal friend.
Importance of KCI
Also known as the Kennel Club of India, KCI is a professional body that maintains strict standards across various breeds of dogs across India. All KCI registered dogs come with a KCI registration certificate from the breeder, ensuring their pedigree. KCI representative may also visit the breeder at the time of whelping to ensure maintenance of breed standards.
As the only reputed governing body of dog breed standards, we always recommend getting a dog that has been registered through this organization in order to have clarity regarding their origin.
This does, however not ensure the conditions the pup was reared in or in what manner their parents might have been treated. This concern is what brings us to our next point: AWBI Certification
How can you make a difference?
Ensure that you only work with AWBI registered breeders, and if you're looking for a purebred dog try to find one that is KCI registered. By forcing the breeders to obtain a license, we may finally put an end to puppy mills and unethical breeding practices.
The Animal Welfare Board of India requires that any individual selling any living dog must be registered with the animal welfare state board of their jurisdiction. In not doing so, both the buyer and seller are committing a crime.
Since this amendment was passed, it became illegal to buy / sell dogs without the breeder being the valid, original holder of an AWBI license. Apart from this judicial responsibility, AWBI also has strict guidelines regarding the conditions that the dogs must be kept in and the treatment provided to them. These guidelines make sure breeders follow responsible breeding practices Due to these reasons, we strictly work only with AWBI registered breeders, and implore you to do the same.
Significance of AWBI
CONNECT - You don't look for a family member everyday, let us ensure the two of you are right for each other. All that you need to do is fill up this short form, which helps us better understand your needs and find the right pup for you. We will review your form and get in touch with you shortly.
FOLLOW-UP CALL - After we conduct our introductory call, a short call will be scheduled between you and the breeder of the puppy. We partner with the most responsible breeders, and want there to be full transparency on that end. Along with us, our partner breeders will assist you with any enquiries you may have and provide guidance regarding the pup's care.
PAYMENT - Congratulations on taking the final step! We couldn’t be more excited for your new life with your fluff pup. Just complete the payment process (the funds will be stored securely with us until you have given us the green light that you have received what was advertised).
TRANSPORTATION - Depending on your preferred method, we will reach out to coordinate the transportation of your pup.
Pickups are fairly straightforward where we let you know where you must go.
Delivery varies depending upon method of transportation. To prevent the puppy from facing trauma, we cap road and rail journeys to 6 hours. Beyond this time point, we only permit air transport.