AKC PuppyFinder: Shih Tzu Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Outgoing, affectionate, playful and charming
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Daily walks and indoor playtime will satisfy this small, short-legged companion
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: Yes
- Shedding: Infrequent
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 9-10.5 inches
- Weight: 9-16 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 10-18 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
With an elegant carriage and luxurious coat, the little Shih Tzu is canine royalty, prized as a pet for centuries. The adorable bundle of fur with dark shining eyes will grow up to be a charming and lively companion. Small in stature, but sturdy and big-hearted, Shih Tzu puppies are playful and entertaining, working hard at their only job, which is to love their people. Spend some time playing hairdresser to that flowing coat and your pup will be as gorgeous as he is lovable.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1969
Breed History & Job Description: The Shih Tzu was developed centuries ago in the palace of the Chinese emperor. For hundreds of years, Shih Tzu lived the life of royal “lap warmers,” pampered by emperors and their families. The breed was nearly unknown in Europe and America until the 20th century. Since then, the Shih Tzu has been one of the most popular toy dogs here and in the United Kingdom. And they still treat their owners, no matter who they might be, like royalty.
Shih Tzu are generally a long-lived and healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Shih Tzu are healthy dogs. Because of their heavy coats and short faces, Shih Tzu do not tolerate heat well and are not good swimmers. Shih Tzu puppies often bubble and snort while teething, but if this problem persists and is so severe that your dog is spending most of its time struggling for air, seek veterinary attention. When you travel with your pet, be sure to take along plenty of fresh water and frozen ice packs. You must be careful to avoid eye injuries in a breed with large eyes and no muzzle to protect them, and seek prompt veterinary attention if you suspect an eye problem. One rare but serious health problem in this breed is juvenile renal dysplasia, in which the kidneys fail to develop normally.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- No recommended health tests
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: American Shih Tzu Club
- Breed Club Rescue Email: 22 Joe Jones Rd, Gilmanton NH 03237
- Breed Club Rescue Phone: -
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://americanshihtzuclub.org/rescue_hoarding