Shih Tzu Breed Facts

  • Average Weight: 9–18 pounds
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Lifespan: 10-16 years
  • Temperament: Clever, Spunky, Happy
  • Colors: Various Shades and Combinations of Gold, White, Brown, and Black
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes

Shih Tzu Breed Overview

The Shih Tzu breed was developed in Tibet and named from the Chinese word for lion. Favorites of the Chinese royals, the Shih Tzu was so prized that the Chinese refused to sell, trade, or give any away, and were not introduced to Europe until 1930.

What is the Shih Tzu Temperament?

The Shih Tzu is a true family dog that interacts well with other dogs or animals, and their passive personality makes them a good companion for children.

What are the Proper Shih Tzu Grooming Tips & Care?

Shih Tzus have a long silky coat, which typically reaches the floor, making daily brushing a must to avoid tangle. Their coats grow quickly, which means regular grooming appointments are important to their breed.

What are the Shih Tzu Health Conditions?

Shih Tzus have several hereditary health conditions which can include breathing problems, eye issues, intervertebral disk disease, hypothyroidism, and epilepsy.

What is the Proper Shih Tzu Diet?

The Shih Tzu has a very specific diet, which requires meals containing 50% high-quality protein, and foods that contain the right balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

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