Descendant of regal dogs of China, Shih Tzu makes a loyal small dog breeds and lively friend.
|Nick Name||Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog|
|Size||Small Dog Breed|
|Life Span||11 – 14 years|
|Height||8 – 11 inches|
|Weight||9 – 16 Pounds (4 – 7 kg)|
|Coat||Luxurious, double-coated, dense, long, and flowing, with hair on top of head tied up|
|Color||Liver, Brindle, Black, Blue, White, Black & White, Gold, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Liver & White|
|Trainability||Easy to Train|
Shih Tzu is a compact and solid dog. Shih Tzu’s most distinctive feature is its long, flowing anddense double coat.Shih Tzu hides a sturdy body beneath its mantle of luxurious hair. It has a smooth, effortless stride with good reach and drive. The word Shih Tzu means “lion” and although this dog is sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself! All colors of Shih Tzu are allowed.
The spunky but sweet Shih Tzu is both a gentle lap dog and a vivacious companion. It has an upbeat attitude and loves to play and romp. It is affectionate to its family and good with children. As a companion and house pet, he is lively, alert, friendly and trusting towards all. It is surprisingly tough and does have a stubborn streak. He requires minimal exercise, but his long, luxurious coat needs daily brushing and maintenance.
One of the most popular dogs in the United States. This portable pooch has a distinctively arrogant carriage with his head well up and tail curved over the back.
Breed’s Health & Care
Despite its small size, the Shih Tzu needs daily exercise. Because of its small size, it can meet its requirements with vigorous indoor games or short frolics outside or with short walks on leash. It does not do well in hot humid weather, and it should never be expected to live outdoors. Its luxurious coat needs brushing or combing every other day; puppies should be taught to accept grooming from a young age. Pets may be clipped.
- Major concerns: none
- Minor concerns: renal cortical hypoplasia, entropion, trichiasis, PRA, KCS, CHD, otitis externa, portacaval shunt, inguinal hernias
- Occasionally seen: vWD
- Suggested tests: eye
Shih Tzu (or more properly, Shih Tzu Kou) means “lion dog,” labeling the breed as one of the most honored animals in China because of its association with Buddhism. Thus had been cherished by Chinese royals as prized house pets for over a thousand years. It probably originated in Tibet as early as the 17th century, where it enjoyed status as a holy dog. The Shih Tzu developed most distinctively in China, through crossing the Lhasa Apso or Tibetan mountain dog and Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty and was discovered by soldiers in England during World War II. In the United States, the breed began to become extremely popular in the 1960s, leading to AKC recognition in 1969.