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.
|Small. Adult males and females typically weigh between 9 and 16 pounds.
|Long and flowing. Shih Tzus require regular grooming to maintain their coat.
|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.
|Low to moderate. Shih Tzus do not require a lot of exercise and are well-suited for apartment living.
|Low. Shih Tzus do not require a lot of exercise, but they do benefit from short walks and playtime in the backyard.
|High. Shih Tzus have long coats that require regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.
|10-16 years on average.
|Shih Tzus are prone to certain health conditions, including hip dysplasia, eye problems, and skin allergies.
|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.
|The Shih Tzu is recognized by the Kennel Club UK as a member of the Utility group.