The Shih Tzu is one of the most ancient of dog breeds. It is believed that their roots began in China & Tibet with the cross of Pekingese and Lhasa Apso. They have been seen in paintings that date back to the 16th century.
The Shih Tzu breed was first registered by the AKC in 1969 and Grouped as Toy.
- Country of Origin: China
- Weight: 8 - 16 lbs
- Height: 8 - 11 inches
- Color: The Shi Tzu breed come in a variety of colors. Black & white is probably the most distinguishable color of this breed. Other colors are brown & white, parti colored, solid black, chocolate & blue. White should appear in the face to be considered desirable.
Shih Tzu’s are gentle, loyal and make great family pets. They are friendly, affectionate and enjoy being indoors with their families. The Shih Tzu breed is outgoing, trusting, companionable and get along well with other dogs & children. This lapdog is highly recommended as a family pet.
The Shih Tzu life expectancy is between 12 – 15 years. The Shih Tzu may be prone to breathing problems due to their snub nose. Other health concerns to watch for are:
• Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
• Ear Infections
The Shih Tzu has a long, straight, dense, easy flowing double coat. Their long coat is fast-growing hair which reaches the floor and requires regular grooming. They shed very little and are considered to be hypoallergenic.
Daily grooming is vital in maintaining their traditional long, silky coat. Often the coat is clipped short to simplify care. For conformation, showing the coat must be left in its natural state, though trimming for neatness around the feet is allowed. It is also important to keep hair out of the eyes and keep their ears clean because these areas are very sensitive.