meet theShih Tzu

​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.

theHistory

Training &Temperament

Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

  • Children

    Yes

    96% agree

  • Other Pets

    Yes

    97%agree

  • Training

    Yes

    74% agree

  • Time Alone

    Yes

    55% agree

Did You Know?

During the Tang Dynasty, K'iu T'ai, King of Viqur, gave the Chinese court a pair of dogs, said to have come from the Fu Lin (assumedly, the Byzantine Empire). Mention of these dogs (Shih Tzus) was again made in AD 990-994 when people of the Ho Chou sent dogs as a tribute.

First classifed as Apsos, but after a ruling by the Kennel Club (England), became a separate breed, culminating with the formation of the Shih Tzu Kennel Club of England in 1935 and admittance to the AKC Stud Book in 1969.

Shih Tzu means lion, and in Buddhist belief, there is an association between the lion and their Deity; thus, the dogs were bred in court.

The Shih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty.

The Shih Tzu is often called "the chrysanthemum-faced dog" because of the haphazard, round-face way their hair grows in the front.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.

Colors

Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & White 019
Blue 037
Blue & White 045
Brindle 057
Brindle & White 059
Gold 091
Gold & White 092
Liver 123
Liver & White 125
Red 140
Red & White 146
Silver 176
Silver & White 182
Black Gold & Silver 235
Black Gold & White 310
Black White & Silver 033
Silver Gold & White 188
White 199

Markings

Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Markings 002
Black Mask 004
Tan Markings 012
White Markings 014

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