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Shih Tzu

Also referred to as chrysanthemum dogs

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Shih Tzu

All About the Shih Tzu

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Average Height & Weight

The Shih Tzu is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.

 

Males – Height: 8 to 11 inches.

Weight: 8 to 11 pounds.

Females – Height: 8 to 11 inches.

Weight: 8 to 11 pounds.

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Shih Tzu

 

Typical Coloring

Shih Tzus are commonly black, white, blue, brindle, gold, liver, red, silver, black gold and black white. They usually have markings of black, tan and white.

 

 

 

Temperament

Shih Tzus are the optimists of the dog world. Upbeat with spunky personalities, they are content to lie on their owners’ laps and are very affectionate toward their owners. Though they are usually easy to train, they do have a stubborn streak.

 

 

 

Activity Level

Shih Tzus are playful dogs with a moderate amount of energy, but they do not require a lot of activity. Daily exercise can be as limited as a short walk or an intense game of catch in the yard.

 

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Breed Characteristics

 

 

Age Expectancy

11 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

Shih Tzus are an exceptionally healthy breed, with no major health concerns. Renal cortical hypoplasia, entropion, trichiasis, canine hip dysplasia, portacaval shunt and inguinal hernias are not common but still occur within the breed, while Von Willebrand Disease is seen occasionally.

 

 

 

Ideal Climates for this Breed

Shih Tzus have a low tolerance for hot and cold climates. With their thick, luxurious coats, they are especially averse to very hot weather.

 

 

Shih Tzu

 

Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Affectionate by nature, Shih Tzus are ideal companions and do very well with children. They are also quite friendly to other dogs and other household pets.

 

 

 

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