Shih Tzu


The Shih Tzu is one of the gift dogs customarily presented by the Dalai Lamas of Tibet to the Emperors of China. The breed is thought to be descended from the Lhasa Apso, another gift dog to the Chinese royalty. The Shih Tzu could be related to the Pekingese; it may have been crossed with the Pekingese to obtain coat and hardiness.

The Shih Tzu captivated the Chinese Imperial Court and was immortalized in many sculptures and paintings. They were imported to England from China in 1930 and brought to the United States after World War II by returning servicemen. The Shih Tzu was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1969.


Size: Height 8-11 inches.

Weight:9-18 lbs.

Color:Any color.

Eyes:Dark, large appealing round eyes.

Body Structure:Body is slightly longer than high, with level topline and broad, deep chest. Head is broad and round with square, short, unwrinkled muzzle and pronounced stop. Large, long, hanging ears and large, firm feet with hair between pads.

Hair Coat:Long, dense coat with undercoat; may be wavy but not curly.

Possible Health Problems:Fairly healthy breed, but some dogs may develop breathing difficulties, respiratory infection and eye irritations. Dogs may develop kidney problems and slipped stifles. Possible problems with allergic skin disease and ear problems.


The Shih Tzu is a very lively and gay little dog with a charming personality.


Needs regular grooming. Requires much human companionship.

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  • Alexandria
  • Dee Why
  • Kingsford
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Shop 1/138 Botany Rd
Alexandria NSW 2017
Phone: (02) 9698 4120
Fax: (02) 9698 4125

815 Pittwater Rd
Dee Why NSW 2099
Phone: (02) 9972 2044
Fax: (02) 9982 2307

70 Gardeners Rd
Kingsford NSW 2032
Phone: (02) 9662 6703
Fax: Fax: (02) 9662 8829

402 Illawarra Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone: (02) 9558 2500
Fax: (02) 9559 3410

  • Alexandria
  • Dee Why
  • Kingsford
  • Marrickville


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