Shih Tzu

A guide to the Shih Tzu

“That face! Those big dark eyes looking up at you with that sweet expression! It’s no surprise that Shih Tzu owners have been so delighted with this little ‘Lion Dog’ for a thousand years. Where Shih Tzu go, giggles and mischief follow.”

“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.”

Key Stats

Life Expectancy:
10 – 18 years
9 – 16 pounds
9 – 10 inches

In addition to their captivating appearance, Shih Tzus are renowned for their delightful temperament. These dogs are affectionate, outgoing, and sociable, making them excellent family pets. They tend to form strong bonds with their owners and thrive on human companionship, often enjoying being the center of attention. Despite their regal history, Shih Tzus are approachable and have a playful side, making them well-suited for households with children.

Shih Tzus are adaptable to various living situations, and their moderate exercise needs make them suitable for apartment living or homes with small yards. While they do require regular grooming to maintain their luxurious coat, their amiable nature and manageable size contribute to their popularity as a beloved companion breed.

An overview of the Shih Tzu

A cute shih tzu wandering and trotting down a golden hour lit road in the united states of America
Difficulty Overview
Shih Tzu
Potential Positives
  • Very playful
  • Very friendly
Potential Negatives
  • Can be very drooly
  • Like to bark!
Family affection
Good with other dogs
Good with other children
Shedding Level –
Drool quantity –
Openness to strangers
Protectiveness –
Ease of training
Barking level –

“Naturally this overview is generic to a breed and not every single of its kind. However the information and stats we provide in our breed overviews can really make a beneficial impact on your decision making in regards to a specific breed.”

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