Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu, according to tradition, was developed in China’s Imperial courts by the crossing of ancient Chinese and Tibetan breeds. This royal dog became extinct in China following the revolution of 1949 but fortunately, a number of Shih Tzu had been taken home by diplomats so the breed was continued in England, Norway, and Sweden. In recent years the breed has become enormously popular in North America as a sturdy, lively, alert small dog that is a happy companion. The name Shih Tzu means lion dog in Chinese and he received the name because of his long, flowing main-like coat. He has a distinctively arrogant personality, but is actually playful and gentle. He adapts well to any family situation and will enjoy a cuddle in your lap, doing tricks, or fetching a tennis ball.


Weight: 9-16 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Colour: Any! All colours, variations and patterns are accepted.


Coat: In the show ring, the SHih Tus has a long flowing double coat. Hose with careers as family pets, service and therapy work look stylish in a shorter clip. No matter the style, daily grooming is required to keep hair out of their eyes and to prevent painful matting.

Activity level: Like us, all dogs require regular exercise, you’ll find this breed can keep up with the best of them, but you’ll find short walks, interactive toy play with you or play dates enough to meet the needs of most Shih Tzu.

Temperament: While a royal independent dignity is every present, the Shih Tzu is a lovable, sociable breed who is an intelligent dog who is eager to please. They are a friend to everyone and get along with children, with proper boundaries and supervision.

Training: With clear boundaries and consistent daily training, this breed is easy to train. Their intelligence can work against the owner if training is not consistent, fun and positively reinforced. They test boundaries and quickly learn how to make choices you allow, but may not want.  Inconsistent expectations and harsh corrections, encourages this breed to take the lead and set their own household rules. This is 100% a breed who will rule the roost, if you don’t provide leadership. 

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