Shih Tzu

Breed Description

The Shih Tzu is a popular breed known for its long, flowing coat and affectionate personality. Originally bred as a companion dog, Shih Tzus are now commonly used as family pets and companions. They have a small, sturdy body and distinctive long, flowing coat. Shih Tzus come in a variety of colors, including black, white, and gold.

Size Small. Adult males and females typically weigh between 9 and 16 pounds.
Coat Type Long and flowing. Shih Tzus require regular grooming to maintain their coat.
Temperament Friendly, affectionate, and playful. Shih Tzus are known for their love of human companionship and their ability to get along well with children and other pets.
Energy Level Low to moderate. Shih Tzus do not require a lot of exercise and are well-suited for apartment living.
Exercise Needs Low. Shih Tzus do not require a lot of exercise, but they do benefit from short walks and playtime in the backyard.
Grooming Requirements High. Shih Tzus have long coats that require regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.
Lifespan 10-16 years on average.
Health Issues Shih Tzus are prone to certain health conditions, including hip dysplasia, eye problems, and skin allergies.
Trainability Moderate. Shih Tzus can be stubborn and require consistent and patient training.
Good with Children Yes. Shih Tzus are known for their gentle nature and get along well with children.
Good with Other Pets Yes. Shih Tzus are generally friendly and get along well with other pets.
Origin China
Breed Group Utility
KC Recognition The Shih Tzu is recognized by the Kennel Club UK as a member of the Utility group.

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