• Shih Tzu Dog Breed

Dog Size

Small, Toy




9-16 Pounds



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High Maintenance: This breed needs to be groomed regularly to keep their fur in good shape and need professional groomers for trimming or stripping services.
Minimal shedding: If you have a dog is prepared for them to shed. Long hair needs brushing regularly and will help control this problem.
Difficult to train: House training this breed can turn out to be difficult although if you are ready to work hard nothing is impossible. Training this breed needs patience, understanding and experience thus taking help from trainer would be best way to make your dog obedient.
Personality: Shih Tzu are cheerful, loving and enjoys being centre on attraction in the family.
Good for new owners: This breed is well suited for new pet parent.
Not good with kids: Shih Tzu is not recommended for families with kids due to the size of the breed kids may accidentally harm them.
Common Nicknames Chinese Lion Dog and Chrysanthemum Dog
Temperament Affectionate, Alert, Cheerful, Courageous, Friendly, Gentle, Independent, Intelligent, Lively, Out-Going, Playful, Social, Sweet
Trainability Hard
Shedding Minimal
Grooming High Maintenance
Breed Type Minimal
Good With Adults
Size Small, Toy

Body Statics

Life Expectancy

Min Life Expectancy
Max Life Expectancy

Height and Weight

Gender Weight Range Height Range
Female 9-16 pounds 8-11 inches
Male 9-16 pounds 8-11 inches


Conditions & Risk Profiles

Condition Risk
Patellar Luxation
Fold Dermatitis
Distichiasis and Ectopic Cilia
Arachnoid Cysts

Other Information

Hypoallergenic Breed
Litter Size 2-5puppies
Weight Gain Potential
Drooling Tendency



Affectionate, Alert, Cheerful, Courageous, Friendly, Gentle, Independent, Intelligent, Lively, Out-Going, Playful, Social, Sweet
Good for New Owners
Good With Kids
Cat Friendly
Sensitivity Level Medium
Barking Occasional
Mouthiness Considerable
Hunting Drive High
Impulse to Wander Medium

Shih TzuPuppy Names

Rank Male Female
1 Boo-Boo Ellie
2 Harley Tinkerbell
3 Axe Lilly
4 Diesel Penny
5 Gunner Honey
6 Jupiter Azura
7 Jasper Willow
8 Apollo Zoey
9 Bubba Missy
10 Quixote Kyra

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