Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

This dog is gentle and friendly. It is affectionate toward its family and good with children. It can be stubborn.

Breed Overview

The Shih Tzu is most commonly associated with China, though it probably originated in Tibet in the 17th century. Its name means "lion dog" and was highly prized by the Chinese because of its association with Buddha. These furry companions are very playful and lively but also cuddly and affectionate. They may be stubborn, but they love to receive plenty of attention from their owners. Shih Tzus make good pets for seniors, families with older children, and especially hairstylists. These dogs do not shed, so they are good pets for people with allergies. However, they need regular grooming and hair cuts as well as regular brushing because the hair continues to grow. Despite their high energy, they only need a short walk or play session each day.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
 
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
 
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
 
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
 
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate
 

Breed Details & Traits

Height: 8-11" (ideally 9-10.5")
Weight: 9-16 lb
Lifespan: 11-14 years

Breed Traits

Gentle, Spunky, Sweet,

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Lhasa Apso
Pekingese

Shih Tzu

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