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Shih Tzu Breed Fact Sheet

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Shih Tzu Breed Information

Group 7: Non Sporting

Energy Level: Moderate

Original Function: lap dog

Temperament: Independent, Playful, Friendly

Characteristics: Intelligent, active and alert.

Recommended for: Most people/families.

Be Aware: Daily grooming is needed on the long coat.

Lifespan: 10 - 14 yrs


Height: 28cm (11")

Colour: All colours.

Coat: Long thick & straight.

General Appearance: Small sized body. Heavily coated head with dark round eyes & ears hang to the side. Fringe hair is usually tied up in a top knot. Tail is coated & curls up over onto the back.
Sturdy, abundantly but not excessively coated dog with distinctly arrogant carriage and 'chrysanthemum-like' face.



This breed originated in Tibet and the name "Shih Tzu" means lion dog in Chinese. They were a favoured dog of the Emperor and were portrayed in Chinese paintings. They were first imported to England in the 1930's. Then after World War II they made their way to the United States by military officers going home. It wasn't until 1969 that the AKC recognized the breed.
They are a sturdy, lively, toy dog and they may display an arrogant personality, but are actually playful and gentle. They adapt well to any family situation and will enjoy a cuddle in your lap, doing tricks, or fetching a tennis ball.

Grooming- daily grooming is essential or coat can be clipped to make it more manageable. Bathing once a month. Clipping of matting on feet.

Exercise- minimal exercise is needed, but they do love to play outdoors.

Health- This breed can suffer from kidney disorder, otherwise no major health problems.
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