Shih Tzu Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Chrysanthemum Dog
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Low
  • Grooming:Medium/High
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Occasional walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:High, watchdog barking
  • Good with Children:Yes, best with older, gentler children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF, kidney function
  • Weight:9 - 16 lbs
  • Height:8 - 11 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any

Shih Tzu Coat

The Shih Tzu has a long, dense, and abundant double-coat. The luxurious and profuse outer-coat often sweeps the ground, and may be slightly wavy. The under-coat is woolly and soft in texture. The long hair on top of the head is typically placed into a topknot to prevent eye irritation. The Shih Tzu coat varies widely in color. They are minimal shedders and are considered hypoallergenic.

Shih Tzu Character

The Shih Tzu is small, sturdy, and intelligent. They carry themselves with a noble and proud posture befitting their aristocratic ancestry. One of their most valued characteristics is the eye, which exude warmth and a human-like quality. The Shih Tzu is the least delicate of the toy breeds.

Shih Tzu Temperament

The Shih Tzu is first and foremost a companion. They love nothing more than being indoors with their family. This breed gets along very well with older children and other pets. They are outgoing and self-assured, keen and alert. They make excellent watchdogs. They do not do well being separated from their owners and may become destructive if left alone for extended periods of time. They are docile and quiet, but they also love to play. The Shih Tzu is spunky and can be obstinate at times. They expect to be treated as royalty and are easily spoiled.

Shih Tzu Care

the Shih Tzu requires extensive grooming. They need brushed daily to prevent knots, tangles, and mats. They need to be bathed monthly. They are not suited for humid climates. It is important to keep their eyes and ears cleaned. Their eyes are particularly sensitive. They are prone to kidney disease and slipping kneecaps. The Shih Tzu's short muzzle makes it exceptionally prone to snoring and wheezing problems. Dental hygiene is crucial to prevent tooth loss. They tend to gain weight easily and must not be overfed.

Shih Tzu Activity

The Shih Tzu enjoys short daily walks or vigorous indoor play sessions and games. They are very well suited for apartment or condominium dwelling. However, they love to play outside, so a small fenced yard is ideal.

Shih Tzu Health and Life Expectancy

The Shih Tzu has a life expectancy of around 10-14 years, and there are a number of health issues to look out for with this breed. This includes vWD, anemia, luxating patella, kidney problems, thyroid problems, allergies, and eye problems. His eyes are large and can be more susceptible to injury and infection. The Shih Tzu can also suffer heatstroke in hot or humid conditions. The parents of the Shih Tzu puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates, and you should also ask about kidney function screening.