Height: 8-11 in
Weight: 9-16 lb
gentle, affectionate, playful, alert
Origin: China during the 1600Ęs. The Shih Tzu makes a
great companion animal for all types of families. Their
personality and size make them perfect for apartments,
families living within the city or country, homes with or
without yards. The coat is long and thick, and has an
undercoat. They do shed. Since their hair is so long, it
needs regular brushing attention to keep it free from
tangles and knots. A little time spent brushing their coat
each day is well worth it. Color: this breed's coat can
come in all colors.
Long-lived, the Shih Tzu can live to be 18 years old.
Their life span ranges from 10-18 years. Training: early
socialization with consistent obedience. Exercise: needs
minimal daily exercise. Good with children, but they
really should be supervised when playing with them. They
are good with pets and other dogs. Hair is long all over
this small dog's body. Tail is carried curled above the
back, and is covered in long hair. Face has the appearance
of having a mustache and a beard upon it. Should live and
sleep indoors. The Shih Tzu is a good watchdog - alerting
the home of strange noises or people.
health concerns: thyroid disorders, renal dysplasia, hip
and eye problems, von Willebrand's disease.