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8 - 11 inches
Very High
10-15 Years
Long, straight with a soft, fluffy undercoat
Very Low
All Colors
Gentle, loyal and proud
8 - 15 pounds
Shih Tzu
Shi tzu recipe:  A dash of lion, several teaspoons of
rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part
court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man
(Chinese), a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey,
one part baby seal, a dash of teddy bear.

The Shih Tzu characterized by its long, flowing double coat; sturdy
build; intelligence; and a friendly, lively attitude. In breeding all coat
colors are allowed.

Shih Tzu breed standard calls for the dog to have a short snout, large
eyes, and a palm-like tail that waves above its torso. The ideal Shih Tzu
to some is height at withers 9 to 10 1/2 inches. The dog should stand
no less than 8 inches and not more than 11 inches tall.


The name "Shih Tzu" means lion dog in Chinese and they received the
name because of their long, flowing mane-like coat. The Shih Tzu is a
sturdy, lively, toy dog with a long flowing double coat. They have a
distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and tail curved over the
back. They may display an arrogant personality, but are actually playful
and gentle. Shih Tzus adapt well to any family situation and will enjoy a
cuddle in your lap, doing tricks, or fetching a tennis ball.


The Shih Tzu has been around for a long time. The Shih Tzu was bred
to sit around the palace of the Emperor of China and bark when people
or animals approached: this is allegedly to alert people to the
presence of unwanted visitors. It is believed that this ornamental breed
was created by breeding the Bei-jing gou (Pekingese) with a Tibetan
dog breed, the Lhasa Apso.