Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu History/Evolution:

Although the Shih Tzu is typically associated with China, many believe the breed was brought to the Chinese court from Tibet. The Shih Tzu as we know it was most likely developed in China around the late 1800s during the reign of Dowager Empress Cixi. The breed faced extinction during the Communist Revolution, but 14 dogs imported to England formed the foundation of every Shih Tzu today. The Shih Tzu remains a gentle and devoted companion.


Shih Tzu Size:

Small, 8 to 11 inches, 9 to 16 pounds.

Shih Tzu Color:

All colors.

Shih Tzu Temperament:

Positive, playful, and affectionate; sweet, occasionally stubborn.

Shih Tzu Energy level:

Low to medium.

Shih Tzu Best owner:

Everyone from families to seniors, but a patient trainer with time for daily grooming or funds for professional appointments.

Shih Tzu Needs:

Socializing, daily exercise, positive training methods, diligent grooming.

Shih Tzu Life expectancy:

10 to 14 years.