Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu


Shih Tzu Profile

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Lifespan: 11-16 Years

Avg height: Up to 27cm

Avg weight: 5-8kg

Coat type: Dense, long flowing, double coat

Coat colours: Black, white, liver, brindle, liver & white, light brown, dark brown, black & white, blue, gold

Originally bred for: Companion

Breed traitsClever, spunky, loyal, affectionate, playful, independent


A little about the Shih Tzu

The name 'Shih Tzu' means "Little Lion" in Chinese and, although this breed is outgoing, they are not hunters. Instead, they are fun-loving, affectionate companions who have become incredibly popular family pets.



Owners of the Shih Tzu should be aware of the following health concerns: Canine Hip Dysplasia, Renal Dysplasia, Entropian, Trichiasis, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Portosystemic Shunts, Inguinal Hernias and Patellar Luxation. Less commonly they can also experience Cataracts and Peridontal disease. If their coat is not consistently groomed they may also develop matting and secondary skin infections. 

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.