Breed Info


Snuggly & Affectionate

  • Alert and playful
  • Generally well behaved
  • Affectionate with the whole family
  • Adaptable to their surroundings
  • Can be a challenge to house-train


Long & Flowing Coat


  • Broad, rounded skull
  • Short, square muzzle
  • Sturdy
  • Heavily furred ears
  • Plumed tail

Coat Type and Color:

  • Long flowing coats
  • Black
  • White
  • Gray
  • Brown
  • Combinations of colors


  • 9-16lbs
  • 9-11 inches tall


Medium Activity

  • Shih Tzus need short bursts of exercise multiple times per day
  • Not overly active
  • Can become hurt easily when playing

We Recommend:

  • 30 minutes of daily activity
  • 6 miles of walking per week
  • One of the oldest breeds
  • Favored by Chinese royals and can be traced back to the Tang dynasty- 618-907
  • During the Chinese Revolution, this breed was almost eradicated
  • Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1938


  • High maintenance to upkeep long elegant coat
  • Brush and comb daily
  • Bathe weekly
  • Moderate shedding
  • Groom every 6-8 weeks
  • Wipe faces clean daily to prevent stains
  • Protect them from excessive heat or cold
  • Regular dental care is necessary


  • Easy to train w/ a stubborn streak
  • Begin training as a puppy and maintain boundaries
  • Socialization and obedience training will curb excessive barking
  • Can be a challenge to house-train