Shih Tzu Dog Breed Information

Shih Tzu Quick Facts
Shih Tzu
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: China
Nickname: Chinese Lion Dog
Weight: 9-16 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches
Color(s): Any

Shih Tzu Appearance

The Shih Tzu is small, sturdy, well balanced dog that is slightly longer than taller. The head is round and broad, short muzzle and large deep dark eyes. It is compacted but with essence and an arrogant carriage. The unwrinkled snout is short and square, with a broad jaw and It has large drop ears. The tail is set high and curls over the back. The breed is double coated, with dense, long, elegant outer coat. The Shih Tzu may be of any colors, although a blaze of white on the forehead and tail-tip is frequently seen. The height of the Shih Tzu is around 8-11 inches, and he weighs in at around 9-16 pounds.

Shih Tzu Temperament

The spunky but sweet Shih Tzu is a friendly lap dog that at one time was bred to be a companion dog for Chinese royalty, that may give them an arrogant quality, although they also exhibit qualities of affection and adaptability. It has an upbeat attitude and loves to play and romp. It is affectionate to its family and great with children and other pets. They are surprisingly tough, courageous, clever, and sometimes have a stubborn temperament.

Is Shih Tzu the Right Dog Breed for You?

Despite its small size, the Shih Tzu needs daily exercise. He can make the requirements with indoor games or short walks on leash. The happy, gentle Shih Tzu loves attention and is a terrific pet for senior citizens. This breed is very sensitive to the heat and is not expected to live outdoors. Itís good for an apartment, and will do okay without a yard.

Shih Tzu Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Shih Tzu is around 11-14 years.

Shih Tzu Health problems

The Shih Tzu major concern is CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). Some other concerns are renal dysplasia, entropion, inglinal hernia, trichiasis, patellar luxation, ear infections, eye problems and early tooth loss. The Shih Tzu can also suffer heatstroke in hot or humid conditions.

Shih Tzu Care and Grooming

The Shih Tzu's short muzzle makes it exceptionally prone to snoring and wheezing problems. They tend to gain weight easily and is important not be overfed.

The Shih Tzu requires extensive grooming, its luxurious coat needs brushing or combing every other day and its coat need to be clipped every month. The hair around the bottom should be trimmed, and you should check that his ears are clean and dry. His eyes are sensitive and need to be check regularly for signs of injury or infection, and dental hygiene is crucial to prevent tooth loss.

Shih Tzu Shedding

When properly groomed the Shih Tzu is a low shedder, and therefore may be well suited to those with allergies.