The Shih Tzu look exactly like the Lhasa Apso except they have a shortened face and a more amenable disposition. This is one very friendly little dog.
These small dogs really do enjoy a good play time and are devoted to their owners. Their fur is very long and requires regular grooming to stay mat free.
Shih Tzu Facts
Good with Children:
Easy to Train:
Good with Other Pets:
Size: 25-27 cm (10-10.5 in)
Weight: 4.5-7.5 kg (10-16.5 lb)
Coat: Long, dense topcoat with a good undercoat
Lifespan: 12-14 years
These dogs are alert and playful and do enjoy to be around people. You would also describe this cute little dog as being active, friendly and independent.
This little dog is classed as having low exercise requirements. The Shih Tzu would be happy to stay at home all day long. Every dog should have at least one walk each day.
Owners: They are devoted and affectionate towards their owners.
Children: Usually good if raised with them.
Other Pets: Good if raised with them.
Strangers: Will be friendly if well socialised.
Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Will be friendly towards other dogs if well socialised from a young age.
What to Watch Out For
The dogs coat is quite long and will bring in mud and dirt from outside into your home after walks. Their coat needs regular grooming to prevent mats from forming.
The fur on their head needs to be clipped or tied up out of their eyes so that they can see clearly. Their bulbous eyes could be injured easily. Their short nose will make breathing difficult in hot weather and will also make them snore.
Just two health risks to take note of with this breed including; kidney problems and blood disorders.
The perfect owner of the Shih Tzu would be active, sensible and affectionate with plenty of spare time for the dogs daily grooming requirements. An owner that enjoys playing and socialising would be best suited to this breed.