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Shih Tzu Info

Shih Tzu Breed Information

Learn all about Shih Tzus at Petstew.com. If you’re interested in adopting or buying a Shih Tzu, or just a dog lover, you should research all details including the Shih Tzu breed temperament, coat, colors, shedding, health, grooming requirements, and more.
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Lifespan: 12-16 years Height: 8-11" Shedding: Lite Litter Size: 1-5 pups
Group: Toy Weight: 9-16 lbs Hair Length: Long Size: Small

Breed Overview

The Shih Tzu is a Small dog breed, with a starting weight of 9 lbs that can reach 16 lbs. It is officially part of the Toy group and recognized by the CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR. Some critical information for potential owners. The Shih Tzu breed has a typical lifespan of 12 to 16 years, Long hair, and have Lite shedding. Breeders interested in the Shih Tzu should know that the average litter size is between 1 to 5 puppies.

Shih Tzu Breed Characteristics

Group Toy Drooler no
Size Small Guard Dog no
Origin Tibet Easy to Train
Kid Friendly no Hypoallergenic yes
Stranger Friendly yes Active Indoors somewhat
Apartment Friendly yes Exercise Demands no
Pet Friendly yes Yard Needs none
Intelligent Grooming Requirements weekly
Barks average Dangerous no

Shih Tzu Temperament

gentle yet a lively dog. This affectionate dog breed is good with people and considered a family dog

Health Problems

kidney disorders. Teeth need regular veterinary attention

Shih Tzu Coat

Shih Tzu Dog Colors

All colors are permissible

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Male Height 0-0" Female Height 0-0"
Male Weight 0-0 lbs Female Weight 0-10 lbs
Litter Size 0-0 pups Lifespan 0-12 years
Yard Needs Small Yard Easy to Train
Guard Dog
Kid Friendly
Active Indoors
Apartment Friendly
Exercise Demands
Stranger Friendly
Pet Friendly
Brushing Requirements
Tolerates Cold
Tolerates Heat

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