Shih Tzu


Other names

Adult size Small

Variants None

Coat type Long hair

Weight 4 - 8 kg

Height 20 - 27 cm

Life expectancy 10 - 16 years

Required daily excersie At least 30 minutes

Good with small children Yes

Non-shedding Yes

Hypoallergenic Yes


The Shih Tzu’s appearance gives an impression of arrogance and the idea that they should be living in a palace lounging amongst silk pillows. The truth is that they are far from this misconception with their happy and sweet-natured temperament. They are less demanding and yappy than most other toy breeds and want nothing more than to be your best friend. Comfort and attention are at the top of their list and so you can expect them to cuddle up next to you on the couch. Shih Tzus make for terrific companions for senior citizens because they don’t cause much trouble and are independent, whilst at the same time are weary of strangers. These dogs are lovers of children and other animals.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

In terms of exercise requirements, Shih Tzus are content with short walks and a play in the yard. Other than that, they don't need much more. They are trustworthy with children however since they are so small it may be a bad idea to leave them unsupervised around toddlers who can accidentally cause harm. These dogs can get heatstroke easily because their flat noses prevent air getting into the lungs to cool them down. It is important to brush your Shih Tzu every day because their coat can mat easily. Crate training is useful for housebreaking and providing a private space to relax for these dogs.

Common Health Issues

Shih Tzus are prone to: Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Juvenile Renal Dysplasia, Bladder Stones and Bladder Infections, Eye Problems, Ear Infections, Tooth Problems, Umbilical Hernia, Portosystemic Liver Shunt , Snuffles, Reverse Sneezing.