Breed Group: Toy
Weight: 9-16 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches
Color(s): Combinations of any color
Shih Tzu Profile
The Shih Tzu is an active, happy, and affectionate breed. One of their most valued characteristics is the eye, which exude warmth and a human-like quality. This breed gets along very well with older children and other pets.
The Shih Tzu is very well suited for apartment or condominium dwelling and makes excellent watchdogs. However, they love to play outside, so a small fenced yard is ideal.
This Shih Tzu does not do well being separated from their owners and may become destructive if left alone for extended periods of time.
They are minimal shedders and are considered hypoallergenic.
Shih Tzu Care
The Shih Tzu has a long, dense, and abundant double-coat that 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.
The long hair on top of the head is typically placed into a topknot to prevent eye irritation.
Shih Tzu Health
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 Training
The Shih Tzu may be difficult to housetrain. The crate method works best. Although they are eager to please, and quick to learn, this breed’s stubborn streak requires persistence and consistency. They do not respond to harshness or punishment.