Breed Personality, Characteristics, and Temperment
Compatibility With Other Pets
Shih Tzus live from between 12 to 16 years of age.
The breed's origins are shrouded in mystery, but it is known that these little dogs were raised in palaces by eunuchs for the pleasure of the nobility. Here they sat on satin pillows and had beautiful marble courtyards to run in. Distant relatives of the Shih Tzu are the Pekingese and Tibetan-type dogs.
Every dog has a reason for being: the Shih Tzu's is strictly to give love. They don't hunt, pull, track or attack - they just love to be with you. Although they may bark to let you know someone is at the door, they soon befriend any visitors once they realise they are friend, not foe.
Shih Tzus are house dogs and love access to a securely fenced garden. However, if you live in a flat or unit, they are content to be walked daily on a lead. These dogs will give you a lot of love, which must of course be returned. A weekly bath to keep your dog's coat and skin clean needs to be followed by a blow dry to ensure that it doesn't catch cold.
Please take note:
Although Shih Tzus love children, these dogs do require adult care and supervision.
If you have decided that the Shih Tzu is the dog for you and you realise that it is a house dog but needs a daily walk, contact one of the groups listed below:
We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care
and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise
suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them.
We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a
substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.