|Other names||Chrysanthemum Dog|
|Coat||Long and silky|
|Colors||Black, black and white, gray and white, or red and white|
The Shih Tzu is one of the most beloved dog breeds, being sought after by many dog lovers. It is particularly revered in China.
Despite their tiny size, Shih Tzus are an ancient breed close to the wolf. People also like this breed because it has its own unique look and personality. It is on the small size, but it makes up for this with a lot of character. Its most distinctive feature, apart from its size, is that it has a long coat of fur, and to some owners, it has an elegant appearance that is unmatched by many other dog breeds. Most dog lovers will appreciate that the Shih Tzu breed has also developed its own pedigree, which attracts top dog breeders from all around.
Many owners also appreciate the pleasant disposition of this dog breed. The Shih Tzu is very gentle and docile. A Shih Tzu can be used as a watchdog, and although it was not bred for this task it excels at it. Training should begin early, or the dog will simply not follow commands in later life.
Shih Tzus can have health problems such as hypothyroidism and breathing problems. These are usually hereditary, so inquire about any potential issues upon purchase.
Stats & Characteristics
|Country of origin||China|
|Height male||9-10 1/2″|
|Height female||9-10 1/2″|
|Weight male||9 to 16 lbs|
|Weight female||9-16 lbs|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Good with dogs||Friendly|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Low tolerance|
|Life span||10-16 years|