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The Shih Tzu is a small but sturdy toy breed that has been a popular companion for centuries. Originating from China, this cute and lovable breed has won the hearts of many with its cheerful and affectionate personality. With its luxurious coat, a Shih Tzu is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.


The Shih Tzu has a rich history, having been bred as a royal lapdog in ancient China. These dogs were highly valued and treasured by Chinese emperors and their families, and were even depicted in Chinese art. The breed eventually made its way to Europe and eventually to the United States in the 20th century, where it became a popular pet.

Physical Characteristics

Shih Tzus have a distinctive appearance, with a compact and well-proportioned body, short legs, and a long, flowing coat. They come in a variety of colors, including black, white, gold, and multi-colored. They typically weigh between 9-16 pounds and reach a height of 8-11 inches at the shoulder.

Personality and Training

Shih Tzus are well-known for their friendly and affectionate nature. They are outgoing and lively, making them great companions for families with children or seniors. Despite their small size, they are also quite intelligent and are easily trainable, as long as positive reinforcement methods are used. They enjoy spending time with their owners and being the center of attention.

Health and Care

Shih Tzus have a long lifespan, typically living to be 12-16 years old. They are generally healthy dogs, but like any breed, they are prone to certain health issues such as dental problems, eye problems, and skin infections. Regular grooming is essential to keep their long coat healthy and free of tangles. A Shih Tzu's coat will require daily brushing and occasional trips to the groomer for trimming.


The Shih Tzu is a wonderful breed for those looking for a small, affectionate, and easily trainable companion. They are ideal for apartment living and are well-suited to families with children or seniors. With its charming personality and unique appearance, the Shih Tzu is sure to bring a smile to your face every day.

Life With A New Puppy

A Shih Tzu puppy can bring a lifetime of love and joy to your home. If you are interested in getting a Shih Tzu puppy, check out our Available Pups page to see if we have any Shih Tzus currently available. We get new puppies every Friday. Contact us here if you would like to set up an appointment to meet a dog.

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