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Shih Tzu

Despite its name translating as “Little Lion”, the Shih Tzu has a calm and affectionate temperament and makes an excellent family or companion dog.

About the Shih Tzu

These intelligent, active and lively little dogs thrive in human company, but also like to retain a little bit of independence.

When trained and socialised well from an early age, Shih Tzus make delightful family pets and play well with children.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
China
Group
FCI Group 9, AKC Toy Group
Size category
Small
Avg life expectancy
11–16 years

Intelligent / Lively / Alert / Friendly / Independent

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Struggles in warm weather
  • Needs little exercise
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Preparing for your new Shih Tzu puppy

Getting a new puppy? Learn how to care for your new Shih Tzu with our puppy guide. Check out our checklist to make sure you have all the essentials. Give your puppy a healthy start to life.

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