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Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu Dog
Shih Tzu is called Kenzi, his kennel club name is Emperial Prince. Photo with thanks Amanda Stirling.

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Origin / History The Shih Tzu originated in China, either from the crossing of the Pekingese with Tibetan Terrier or the Pekingese with the Lhasa Apso.


Appearance Broad and round head with a short, square muzzle which has a distinct stop. Elongated body with deep chest and well sprung ribs, with short legs and a curled tail.

Colours All colours.

Temperament Lively, playful, happy, in dependant,

Height and Weight 25.5cm to 28 com in height and 4.5 - 8Kg in weight. Males and females are generally around the same size.

Common Health Problems Generally a healthy breed. May suffer from various eyes problems, heart conditions, kidney problems.

Living Conditions We live happily in urban or rural areas. Would prefer property with a garden for outdoor playtimes. If not and it lives in apartment it will just need a couple more short walks during the day.

Exercise Requirements Can get by with basic daily walk but will be very happy to walk more often or for longer outings. If living in an apartment will ideally need 3 - 4 daily outings.

Training Requirements An in dependant and strong willed dog, not necessarily easy to train but will do well learning the basics with a firm and consistent approach.

Life Expectancy 14 years.

Grooming The long dense coat needs a good thorough brush every day to prevent tangles. May also need regular baths to keep clean, say every 2 - 4 weeks. Some owners have a puppy clip which makes the coat easier to mange, but it will still need a daily brush. Hair on head is usually tied up to keep out of the eyes.

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Shih Tzu Pics
Shih Tzu Dog
Kenzie as an adult
Shih Tzu Puppy
Kenzie as a puppy
Photos with thanks to Amanda Stirling
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Shih Tzu Puppy
Felix 2 years old
Photos with thanks to Erling Ottesen



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