Shih Tzu


Shi Tsu (pronounced in the West “sheed-zoo” or “sheet-su”; the Chinese say “sher-zer”), weighing
between 9 to 16 pounds, and standing between 8 and 11 inches, are surprisingly solid for dogs
their size. The coat, which comes in many colors, is worth the time you will put into it—few dogs
are as beautiful as a well-groomed Shih Tzu. Being cute is a way of life for this lively charmer. The
Shih Tzu is known to be especially affectionate with children. As a small dog bred to spend most of
their day inside royal palaces, they make a great pet if you live in an apartment or lack a big
backyard. Some dogs live to dig holes and chase cats, but a Shih Tzu’s idea of fun is sitting in your
lap acting adorable as you try to watch TV.
Weight: 9–16 pounds
Height: 9–10.5 inches
American Canine Association Continental Kennel Club Universal Kennel Club International
American Kennel Club United All Breed Registry America’s Pet Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)
The Shih Tzu is an ancient breed with skeletal remains found in human communities as far back as
10,000 years ago. The Shih Tzu is thought to be a cross between the Lhasa Apso and Pekingese.
Small, up to 11” at the shoulders, weighing anywhere from 9-16 pounds. The Shih Tzu is a sturdy
dog in a small package with a long, double coat that comes in colors of gold, white, red, black,
liver, liver and white, black mask gold, black and white, blue and white, brindle and white, silver
and white and occasionally a blue.
The Shih Tzu has a life expectancy of 15 years and is prone to back diseases, ear infections,
respiratory challenges, and teeth problems.
The Shih Tzu is alert, courageous, active, curious and clever little dog. Your Shih Tzu will want to
cuddle and snuggle with you, being truly happy to get your affection. They are not pushovers,
though, and will stand up for themselves if confronted. You need to be a calm, knowledgeable,
and humane owner giving consistent and committed leadership to your Shih Tzu using only
motivational training methods.
The Shih Tzu requires a daily walk with off-leash play and running in a safe, fenced area. They also
need mental stimulation so be sure to provide your Shih Tzu with plenty of interactive toys that
challenge their problem-solving skills. This breed does not do well in warm temperatures due to
the brachycephalic muzzle. Be sure to get your veterinarian’s permission before exercising your
Shih Tzu in warm temperatures.
Grooming Requirements: Requires daily brushing and professional grooming. Coat:
Long Shedding: Little to no shedding Hypoallergenic: Yes Apartment Living: Good for apartment
living if given sufficient exercise Lap Dog: Yes Good With Children: Good with children when well
socialized at an early age; may be best with older children who understand how to safely handle a
small dog. Good With Other Pets: Good with other dogs and non-canine pets when socialized at
an early age