AVERAGE SIZE OF ADULT: Small
EXERCISE REQUIREMENT: Medium
GROOMING REQUIREMENT: High
AVERAGE LIFESPAN: 14-16 years
The Shih Tzu stands no higher than 28cm at the shoulder and weighs around 7.5kg. His back is slightly longer than his height, so his legs are quite short. His coat is long, parting down the back and falling either side of his body. His coat comes in a variety of colours from white and red to black and white or fawn and white. His coat doesn’t shed but he needs daily grooming and regular haircuts to keep it in good condition and too allow him to see through his long fringe.
Shih Tzus are very confident and happy characters. They make wonderful house dogs for both families and people living alone. Originating from China the breed once used to inhabit palaces and he was first seen in the UK in around 1931, according to the English Kennel Club. Shih Tzus can take up to an hours exercise a day and their enthusiasm and zest for life make them a well loved and popular breed.
The breed can do well in the town providing he is walked daily but does just as well in the countryside. Shih Tzus can live up to 15 years and are relatively healthy as a breed. They can be sensitive to heat so care should be taken in the summer not to let them overheat and to keep their coats short.