Country of origin
Litter size From 3 to 6 puppies
Experience required Not required
Shih Tzu Personality Temperament
Level of aggression Non-aggressive (1/5)
Energy Low (2/5)
Trainability Low (2/5)
Shedding Low (2/5)
Maintenance High (4/5)
Friendliness Friendly (4/5)
Health Average (3/5)
Maintenance cost Medium (3/5)
Tolerance to separation For short periods of time (2/5)
Intelligence Average (3/5)
Level of noise Low (2/5)
Guarding skills Good (4/5)
According to a legend, the Shih Tzu were the favorites of Buddha himself, so they always accompanied the sacred owner on his travels. In case of any threat to him, the dogs, then called ha-pa, would instantly turn into furious lions. It was for this that they were nicknamed “lion dogs”.
The Shih Tzu are trusting little furry creatures charged with selfless love for all humans. The favorites of Chinese emperors and nobles, the Shih Tzu have long remained a living treasure inaccessible to mere mortals. Only in the twentieth century rich in changes and conflicts was it possible to bring the breed out of the shadows, turning the dogs into charming pets that combine unusual appearance with excellent companion qualities. The small canines were nicknamed “Chrysanthemum dogs” for the unusual growth of straight hair on the muzzle in the shape of a chrysanthemum flower.
The Shih Tzu ranks third (after the Afghan Hound and the Maltese Dog) in the list of dogs with the longest hair relative to body size.
A Shih Tzu named Smokey from Florida has lived a full 23 years.
A genetic test of the breed showed its resemblance to a wolf, which is the proof of its ancient origin.
These dogs have an unusual body structure, so when you breed your pet for the first time, it’s better to invite a specialist to assist and avoid traumatizing the animals.
This is one of the brachycephalic breeds, so the dogs are excessively sensitive to temperature changes. Heat, cold and drafts can be quite dangerous for them. Keep your pup’s bed away from air conditioners, heating radiators, doorways and windows. It’s important to wipe your Shih Tzu’s face after every time they drink. They have a very short snout and an upturned nose, so the nasal passages are often clogged, preventing normal breathing.
Until 12 months of age, your dog shouldn’t be allowed to climb up or down stairs or jump on tall furniture.
Shih Tzu Pictures