A popular toy breed originating in China, the Shih Tzu has close relatives in the Lhasa Apso. The fur around a Shih Tzu’s nose points upwards so you may see a pup with a top knot.
The Shih Tzu is a very affectionate and friendly breed. This combined with it’s lower need for exercise means it makes a perfect companion for people living in smaller spaces.
Their luscious coats can mean some extra grooming but they look fantastic!
Many of the major health conditions that can affect a Shih Tzu are genetic. It’s always important to use a reputable breeder that makes sure to run all necessary tests before breeding.
A Shih Tzu’s thick coat can cause overheating issues. Make sure to keep them cool on hot days or in warmer climates.
Symptoms: vomiting, underweight, bad breath, constipation
A development defect that affects the kidneys, renal dysplasia can get worse over time leading to bladder issues and eventually death.
Symptoms: skipping or hopping, avoiding using one or more legs
A luxating patella is a condition where a dog’s kneecap has been dislodged and causes pain for the dog when they use it. Catching this early can avoid long-term issues.
Symptoms: clouding eyes, rubbing/scratching eyes, bumping into things
Cataracts affects a dog’s eyes and can get worse over time, eventually leading to blindness. Treatment is available and can help slow or halt the effects.
Shih Tzus are small dogs, clocking in at between 20 – 28cm tall and weighing only 4 – 8kg.
Depending on the length of a Shih Tzu’s coat, it may need brushing once a day and will need cleaning regularly.
The standard breed colours for a Shih Tzu include: Black, Brindle, Gold, Grey & White, and Liver.
You may see some non-standard colour coats that include hues of Blue, Cream, Lilac and different combinations of the standard colours.
You’ll find that a Shih Tzu is friendly and calm. They are affectionate with almost everyone they meet including strangers and children.
Perfect for apartment living, the Shih Tzu is a toy breed that doesn’t need lots of open space to thrive. A daily walk and lots of love and attention is all they need.
Suitable for dog owners that prefer to walk rather than jog, the Shih Tzu is relaxed when exercising and doesn’t need huge amounts.