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David Dalton

Shih Tzus

Breed Standard

General Appearance
Sturdy, abundantly coated dog with distinctly arrogant carriage and chrysanthemum-like face.


Characteristics
Intelligent, active and alert.


Temperament
Friendly and independent.


Head and Skull
Head broad, round, wide between eyes. Shock-headed with hair falling well over eyes. Good beard and whiskers, hair growing upwards on the nose giving a distinctly chrysanthemum-like effect. Muzzle of ample width, square, short, not wrinkled; flat and hairy. Nose black but dark liver in liver or liver marked dogs and about one inch from tip to definite stop. Nose level or slightly tip-tilted. Top of nose leather should be on a line with or slightly below lower eyerim. Wide-open nostrils. Down-pointed nose highly undesirable, as are pinched nostrils. Pigmentation of muzzle as unbroken as possible.


Eyes
Large, dark, round, placed well apart but not prominent. Warm expression. In liver or liver-marked dogs, lighter eye colour permissible. No white of eye showing.


Ears
Large, with long leathers, carried drooping. Set slightly below crown of skull, so heavily coated they appear to blend into hair of neck.


Mouth
Wide, slightly undershot or level. Lips level.


Neck
Well proportioned, nicely arched. Sufficient length to carry head proudly.


Forequarters
Shoulders well laid back. Legs short and muscular with ample bone, as straight as possible, consistent with broad chest being well let down.


Body
Longer between withers and root of tail than height of withers, well coupled and sturdy, chest broad and deep, shoulders firm, back level.


Hindquarters
Legs short and muscular with ample bone. Straight when viewed from the rear. Thighs well rounded and muscular. Legs looking massive on account of wealth of hair.


Feet
Rounded, firm and well padded, appearing big on account of wealth of hair.


Tail

Heavily plumed, carried gaily well over back. Set on high. Height approximately level with that of skull to give a balanced outline.


Gait/Movement
Arrogant, smooth-flowing, front legs reaching well forward, strong rear action and showing full pad.


Coat
Long, dense, not curly, with good undercoat. Slight wave permitted. Strongly recommended that hair on head tied up.


Colour
All colours permissible, white blaze on forehead and white tip to tail highly desirable in parti-colours.


Size
Height at withers not more than 27 cms (101/2 ins), type and breed characteristics of the utmost importance and on no account to be sacrificed to size alone. Weight: 4.5-8 kgs (10-18 lbs). Ideal weight 4.5-7.5 kgs (10-16 lbs).


Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.


Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


Last Updated - September 2000


Breed Standard courtesy of The Kennel Club
 
 
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