These popular toy dogs can weigh between 9 to 16 pounds, and stand between 8 and 11 inches at the shoulder. Shi Tzus are surprisingly sturdy and solid for a small dog. The coat is worth the time you’ll put into it—few dogs are as beautiful as a well-groomed Shih Tzu. And that face! Those big dark eyes, that sweet expression! It’s no surprise that Shih Tzu fans have been so devoted to their little “Lion Dogs” for a thousand years.
Personality: Outgoing, affectionate, playful and charming
Energy Level: As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly and trusting.
Good with Children: Yes
Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
Trainability: Responds Well
Height: 8-11 inches
Weight: 9-16 pounds
Life Expectancy: 10-16 years
Barking Level: Barks When Necessary