Shih Tzu

Small, sturdy, and intelligent, the Shih Tzu is the least delicate of the toy breeds. The Shih Tzu is first and foremost a companion.
Shih Tzu Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed

HEIGHT

8-11 Inches

WEIGHT

9 - 16 Lbs.

LIFE EXPECTANCY

10-18 Years

Shih Tzu Information

The Shih Tzu is an active, happy, and affectionate breed.

Small, sturdy, and intelligent, the Shih Tzu is the least delicate of the toy breeds. The Shih Tzu is first and foremost a companion.

Shih Tzu Training

The Shih Tzu may be difficult to housetrain.

Shih Tzu Exercise

The Shih Tzu enjoys short daily walks or vigorous indoor play sessions and games. 

Shih Tzu Health Issues

The Shih Tzu’s short muzzle makes it exceptionally prone to snoring and wheezing problems.

Dental hygiene is crucial to prevent tooth loss in Shih Tzus.

Known health risks in Shih Tzus include Fold Dermatitis, Arachnoid, Cysts Distichiasis and Ectopic Cilia, Patellar Luxation, and Entropion.

Shih Tzu Grooming

The Shih Tzu has a long, dense, and abundant double-coat. The Shih Tzu coat varies widely in color.

They requires extensive grooming.

Breed Identification

COLORS

Any

HAIR LENGTH

Long

Breed Care

GROOMING

Every day

EXERCISE NEEDS

Up to 1 hour per day

HEALTH CONDITIONS

Fold Dermatitis, Arachnoid, Cysts Distichiasis and Ectopic Cilia, Patellar Luxation, Entropion

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