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Shih Tzus are affectionate house dogs who derive joy from following their family members from room to room.

  • Origin:

    China, Tibet

  • Average size:


  • Weight Range:

    4 - 7.2 kg

    Height Range:

    Male: 20 - 28 cm

    Female: 20 - 28 cm

  • Lifespan:

    10 - 16 years

    Bred For:

    They were bred as companion dogs.

  • Characteristics:

    They are clever, affectionate, friendly and lively.

    Compatibility With Pets/Children:

    They make good companions for children and get along well with other pets.

  • Health Risks:

    Allergies, canine hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, juvenile renal dysplasia (JRD), ladder stones and bladder infections, eye problems, ear infections.

    Grooming Requirements:

    They require to be brushed and combed every day.

  • Exercise Requirements:

    They require to be walked for 20 to 30 minutes ever day.

    Nutritional Requirements:

    They require to be fed a high-protein and high-fat diet.