Shih Tzus are Utility or Toy dogs bred to look like a lion as depicted in the Orient.
In ancient times they may have been companion dogs for Chinese royalty. It is thought
they are a descendent of ancient Tibetan mountain dogs and the Lhasa Apso.
The Tibetan mountain dog was a scavenger and would eat a diet of small mammals. It
is believed the Lhasa Apso was used to guard temples and would have been fed on scraps.
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include fish, poultry, natural meat and bone and seasonal
vegetables and fruits.
Shih Tzus are originally from China and Tibet. They are good-natured and affectionate,
but can appear arrogant. They are playful and trusting with a pleasant disposition.
Shih Tzus enjoy attention and thrive in a loving household. They are the lapdog of
choice for many due to their friendly nature and independent character.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy well-balanced dog. It has a short muzzle and large deep
eyes. The UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is no more than 27 cms for a male
and female. Weight from 4-8 kgs.
The Shih Tzu has a glossy and long soft double coat and soft drop ears covered by
The Shih Tzu is found in many colours traditionally with a white streak on the forehead
and the tip of the tail.
Shih Tzus are small designer looking dogs.
Shih Tzus are thought to have evolved from the Tibetan mountain dog, the Lhasa Apso
and the Pekinese. They were bred in China and Tibet to resemble a lion as depicted
in works of art.
It is thought that the breed was almost wiped out during the Cultural Revolution
and most of the registered dogs today can be traced back to the lineage of 7 males
and 7 females known to have survived the Revolution.
Shih-Tzu Known Disorders
Shih Tzus are prone to suffer from hip dysplasia and liver disorders.