/Dog Breed Introduction: Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu Dog Breed

The Shih Tzu is regarded as a toy breed of dog; they weigh between 9 and 15 pounds and measure about 10 inches at the shoulder level. This attractive breed has a long, silky coat to the ground. Their fur can be gray, gold, black, white, red, white or black and white coat. With a short snout and has a long beard and mustache. Their dog tail curls on his back. They are muscular and compact dog and are as well called the Chrysanthemum Dog or the Tibet Lion Dog.

Shih Tzu Origin


Shih Tzu dogs are originated in Tibet as of early 17th century. Though, it was not until the later 1860s in the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi that this dog was created particularly. This category of dogs was considered as holy and sanctified dogs. It was created by breeding Bei Jing Guo (Pekingese) with Lhasa Apso, the Tibetan dog, which was finally taken to China and became a court’s favourite. The Chinese refused to let any dog leave the country for many years. These small dogs enter Great Britain around 1930, adapted in the United States a short time later.

Shih Tzus are little dogs. As adults, they develop to be about 11 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 9 and 16 pounds. They are brachycephalic breed, which implies that their noses are flat and they frequently experience difficulty breathing, particularly in hot weather. Shih Tzu was designed to be an indoor buddy.

Shih Tzu Characteristics


The breed is usually very strong and healthy, even though it suffers from some health problems. As a result of the nasal cavity being small and short, breathing can be complicated for them. Often snoring, but this does not lead to any problem. Since they have a fairly long back, they may experience back problems as they the advanced in age. Another general problem is that they have bulging eyes, which can be easily damaged and can lead to the formation of ulcers.

Shih Tzus need everyday grooming. Several owners keep their puppy’s hair trimmed short as a teddy bear cut, but others grow long and silky coats with topknots that should be tied to the top of the head to keep their hair from falling into their eyes.

Shih Tzus have hair rather than coats and shed very little, so they can be endured by some people with dog allergies. They are very sensitive to high temperatures, therefore it is important to keep them in cooler conditions.

As indicated by the American Shih Tzu Club, this breed is available in a wide range of colors. Their coats can be red, white, silver and white, gold and white, black and white, or brindle and white, etc.

This breed is hard to housebreak and should not be left unattended at home until fully house trained. Also, Shih Tzu dogs should not be left unsupervised during teething due to the devastation that they can cause on furniture, shoes and other household items.