Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu

Don’t let the fierce look fool you. This is a dog bred to be a playful companion.

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-14 years
  • Adult weight:
    9-16 pounds
  • Adult height:
    8-11 inches

What’s good and bad about the Shih Tzu?


  • Good watchdog
  • Low maintenance – little shedding, minimal exercise
  • Bright dogs with almost-human expressions
  • Usually gets along with other dogs and cats


  • Sensitive dogs that expect a lot of love
  • May be obstinate – he will require socialization and training
  • Rare enough breed that he hasn’t been overbred, but may be difficult (and expensive) to find.

Here’s a quick video showing a well-trained Shih Tzu.