Shih Tzu Dogs

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

Shih Tzu Dogs

Shih Tzu are lively and energetic companions. Yet, they are also amazingly low-key and satisfied—assuming they get an adequate amount of attention. They like nothing better than to be held, stroked, petted and pampered by their owners, and are perfectly happy sitting on the couch with you for hours while you dote on them. This is a noble breed—sometimes translating into arrogance and haughtiness, other times into courageousness and politeness—but they are never too proud for a roll on the floor with a treasured squeaky toy.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu Pictures

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  • Shih Tzu dog named muffin
  • Shih Tzu dog named Tipper

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Quick Facts

  • 9 – 16 pounds
  • 10 – 11 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Singles
    • Seniors
    • Families with older children
    • Hair stylists

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Trademark Traits

    • Long, elegant coat
    • Cute “chrysanthemum” face
    • Lively
    • Loves to be pampered
    • Playful
    • Dainty and precious
    • Noble and aloof

What They Are Like to Live With

A good family dog and highly interactive, Shih Tzu usually adapt well to adults and children alike. Not especially suspicious of strangers, they still make an alert and consistent watchdog, barking heartily when people approach the house.


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