Shih Tzu Facts

General Shih Tzu Facts

  • Shih Tzu dogs originated in Asia

  • They were bred to be a companion dog

  • Shih Tzu is pronounced “Sheed Zoo” and in Chinese means “lion” dog

  • Classified as toy dog breeds by the American Kennel Club

  • Has a long luxurious double coat made of hair (like humans)

  • Does not shed much, making it a good choice for people with allergies

  • Was first recognized by the kennel club in 1946

Shih Tzu Facts on Health Information

  • Shih Tzu dogs are sensitive to heat

  • Life expectancy is 13-16 years or better

  • Prone to ear, eye and respiratory problems

  • Prone to spinal problems (best not to let them jump down for high places)

  • Tend to lose their teeth easily so must be cleaned on a regular basis

  • Main problems known for the Shih Tzu dog breed range from renal dysplasia to hip dysplasia.

  • Are generally a healthy breed with few medical problems.

Personality & Behavior

  • Shih Tzu dogs are social animals and love to be petted, groomed and played with.

  • They are not “yappy” dogs.

  • Shih Tzu have been known to snore.

  • Shih Tzu are loyal dogs and can be stubborn and come across as arrogant.

  • They love to sit on your lap and cuddle

Appearance and Grooming

  • The Shih Tzu is a small breed

  • Has a long luxurious double coat

  • The official breed tandard size should be between 9 and 10 inches and weighs between 9 - 15 pounds.

  • They have wide set eyes.

  • Long coat needs daily brushing

  • Shih Tzu don't have fur, they have hair like humans which they gradually lose while being grooming.

  • They make great watch dogs.


So there you have it, the Shih Tzu dog breed in a nutshell.

Hopefully this will give you a general idea of what to expect when deciding on bringing home this beautiful little furbaby into your family


For more detailed information see our other pages about Shih Tzu dogs.


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