Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu look exactly like the Lhasa Apso except they have a shortened face and a more amenable disposition. This is one very friendly little dog.

These small dogs really do enjoy a good play time and are devoted to their owners. Their fur is very long and requires regular grooming to stay mat free.

Shih Tzu Facts

Shih Tzu

Exercise Requirements:      1 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        1 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    5 star rating

Low Shedding:                       4 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         4 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 25-27 cm (10-10.5 in)

Weight: 4.5-7.5 kg (10-16.5 lb)

Coat: Long, dense topcoat with a good undercoat

Colour: Any

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Special Characteristics

These dogs are alert and playful and do enjoy to be around people. You would also describe this cute little dog as being active, friendly and independent.

Exercise Requirements

This little dog is classed as having low exercise requirements. The Shih Tzu would be happy to stay at home all day long. Every dog should have at least one walk each day.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: They are devoted and affectionate towards their owners.

Children: Usually good if raised with them.

Other Pets: Good if raised with them.

Strangers: Will be friendly if well socialised.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Will be friendly towards other dogs if well socialised from a young age.

What to Watch Out For

The dogs coat is quite long and will bring in mud and dirt from outside into your home after walks. Their coat needs regular grooming to prevent mats from forming.

The fur on their head needs to be clipped or tied up out of their eyes so that they can see clearly. Their bulbous eyes could be injured easily. Their short nose will make breathing difficult in hot weather and will also make them snore.

Health Risks

Just two health risks to take note of with this breed including; kidney problems and blood disorders.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the Shih Tzu would be active, sensible and affectionate with plenty of spare time for the dogs daily grooming requirements. An owner that enjoys playing and socialising would be best suited to this breed.

More Photos

Shih Tzu with white and grey fur coat Shih Tzu with white and brown fur coat

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