Breed Information

Shih Tzu

A compact and solid dog, the Shih Tzu’s long, flowing double coat is its most distinctive feature. The word Shih Tzu means “lion” and although this dog is sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself! One of the most popular dogs in the United States according to AKC® Registration Statistics, this portable pooch has a distinctively arrogant carriage with his head well up and tail curved over the back. All colors of Shih Tzu are allowed. As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly and trusting towards all. He requires minimal exercise, but his long, luxurious coat needs daily brushing and maintenance.

Breed characteristics

A few facts about this lovable breed

Shih Tzu's Average Weight

Weight

Average weight is 9 - 16 lbs

Shih Tzu's Average Height

Height

Average height is 8 - 11 inches

Shih Tzu's Personality

Personality

clever and spunky