Shih Tzu Facts

The Shih Tzu originates from China and was bred originally as a lapdog and companion. It's origins can be dated back to the 1800's. The Shih Tzu was developed in China during the reign of the Empress Dowager Cixi (Tz'u-shi, 1861-1908).The Shih Tzu from now and then is called the chrysanthemum-faced dog because the hair grows about the face in all directions.This dog is classified as one of the Toy Dog Group. The Shih Tzu was first Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1969.

Dog Name Facts and Dog Names

It is not surprising that the name Shih Tzu is often mis-spelt as Shih Zu, Shih Tzu or
Shitzu Shih Tzu means lionin Chinese.

Description of the Breed of Shih Tzu

The comfortable double coat is long, thick, and smooth, sometimes with a slight wave.
Hair on top of the head is normally tied up not only to enable the dog to see and to prevent eye infections, but also to be stylish. Some common colors of Shitzu's are: black and white others are gray and white.

Breed Origins

China ( 1800's ) Breed usage: Lap dog and Companion Dog Weight: 9 - 16 Pounds
Dog Height: 8 to 11 inches to the shoulder. Height Weight Life Span: 8-11 inches 9-12 lbs. 12-14 yrs.


A Shih Tzu's head is round and wide between the eyes.The Shih Tzu's nostrils are wide and open. The ears are large.

Cost of Puppies

Cost of puppies varies depending on location, breeder and pedigree history. Usually $300.00 on up.

Information on Grooming and Care of the Shih Tzu Dog Breed

The Shih Tzu requires weekly care and grooming. All dog breeds require a certain amount of grooming and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best.Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and nails.A regular routine also ensures that any potential health problems are identified as quickly as possible,especially important in puppies and older Shih Tzu dogs. Most Shitzu's are satisfied with a daily walk around the block.

Shih Tzu Eyes

Shih Tzu eyes are very large and protruding.They dry out easily and should be kept lubricated with drops from the vet. The corners of the eyes contain ingrown hairs which make your Shih Tzu weep excessively.Regular grooming helps but does not eliminate the problem. Surgery is an option if you can afford it.

Shih Tzu's Ears

The ears of a Shih Tzu contain excessive in-grown hairs. These should be pulled out with a gentle twist when grooming to keep your pets ears healthy.Also because of their drooping ears, moisture accumulates which causes bacteria. Gentle weekly earwashes will prevent this from being a problem.If your Shitzu starts shaking his or her head alot take them to the vet. Chances are he or she has ear mites or a yeast infection and needs to be treated.

Shih Tzu Personality

Shih Tzu's are outgoing, happy, and affectionate companions that respond well.
They love kids, and get along with other animals.They usually attach themselves closely with one individual but are friendly to many. They are distraught very easily by change of routine and surroundings.It is healiest to keep their life as similar as possible as they do not psychologically adapt well to change.

Life Expectancy Information of the Shih Tzu Dog Breed

The life expectancy for this particular breed is 12 - 16 years. Age comparison between the Shih Tzu Dog Breed and a Human: After the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to sixteen human years.After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old. At three years a 30 year old, and each year after,add 5 human years to determine a dog's age.

Questions That Need Answering

I have a shih tzu puppie that has bumps on the underside of his ears.The vet looked at it but did not know what it was. I was wondering if by chance you have seen this before."
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