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The Silky Tzu is a crossbreed of purebred Silky Terrier and Shih Tzu. This tiny toy breed comes in various colors like white, black, crème, tan, brown, and red. They are great companions who mingle well with singles & families with older children. These are ideal for apartment-style living, and their hypoallergenic trait makes them unique. Their life expectancy is between 12-15 years.

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Character


These lightweight dogs are fun to be around because of their beautiful character traits, such as loyal, affectionate, lively, and friendly. They are alert but barks occasionally, which make them poor watchdogs. It is a cute, feisty dog who is fond of his owner.

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Size


6-8 inches
The average size is between 5-8 inches.
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Weight


8-13 pounds
It weighs between 7-13 lbs when fully grown.
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General Health


The Silky Tzu is prone to eye infections and will require frequent cleaning of the eyes. Its best to wipe the eyes daily as discharge builds up. Some have respiratory issues and are known to breath heavy, make noise and snore. Others are known for their sensitive stomachs. Ear infections are another common problem in this breed. An owner can identify an ear infection when the Silky Tzu is consistently shaking its head and scratching at its ears.

Although comparatively a healthy canine breed, being a hybrid leads to chances for hereditary health issues are more. Therefore, frequent health checkups are necessary to keep your little dog fit and healthy. Some possible concerns that you need to look into are as follows: Major concerns • Leg-Calves Perthes Disease • Patellar Luxation • Diabetes • Spongiform Leukodystrophy • Brachycephalic Syndrome • Intervertebral Disc Disease(IVDD) Minor concerns • Tracheal Collapse • Urolithiasis • Otitis Externa • Respiratory problems

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History


There is not enough information for Silky Tzu’s exact origin as it is a new hybrid. However, its parent\'s breed has some history. The Silky Terrier is a cross between Yorkshire Terrier and Australian Terriers. It was earlier known as Sydney Silky and Australian Terrier. The American Kennel Club recognized it in the year 1959. While the Shih-Tzu is considered among the oldest dog breeds, developed in China, it is a crossbreed of Lhasa Apso and Pekingnese. The Tibetan Monks bred them to be a devoted companion. The first Shih-Tzu appeared in England in the year 1928. Later, went to the US also. The American Kennel Club recognized this toy breed in the year 1969.

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Maintenance


The Silky Tzu requires frequent brushing and cleaning of the ears. Most owners choose to keep its belly hair and mouth hair short year round. Bathe as needed.

Due to the thick, wavy, and silky coat, Silky Tzus require daily brushing to prevent tangles and matting. Try using a pin brush or comb once or twice a day, to maintain the fur quality and controlling frizz. Bathe your dog as and when needed, as it can dry out its skin. Occasional Professional grooming helps to keep your dogs coat in shape. Thus you can expect a few visits for your thick-coated dog. Every dog is different, and so are its need, but maintaining good oral hygiene is necessary, so brush their teeth 2-3 times a week. Also, keep a check on ears to prevent any infection or injury and don’t forget to clip their nails.

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Ideal Environment


The Silky Tzu prefers a cool environment and may overheat if not kept cool during summer months.

They are quite energetic but don’t require strenuous exercises. You can divide their activity time into 45-60 minutes regime. Take them to dog parks and short walks in the neighborhood. This active dog enjoys playing indoors with its toys, but it does require to go out everyday for staying happy. Also, remember that they are prone to temperature extremes, thus avoid going out on a too hot or cold day.

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