Breed Profile

A small member of the Utility Group of dogs, the Shih Tzu was developed in Peking, China during the 17th century by introducing Tibet’s Lhasa Apso to the Pekingese to create one of the world’s most favourite companion dogs.

Other Names: Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog
Country of Origin: China
Size: Small
Height: Maximum 27 cm (10.5 ins)
Weight: 4.5 – 8 kg (10 – 18 lbs)
Colour: Any Colour
Lifespan: 10 Р14 years
Coat: Long
Grooming: Considerable
Exercise: Minimal
Child Friendly: Yes (but not for small children)
Pet Tolerant: Yes
Novice Owner Suitability: Yes
Health Issues: Achondroplasia, Atopy, Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome, Caruncular
Trichiasis, Cataracts, Cleft Palate, Corneal Ulcers, Distichiasis, Endocardiosis
(Heart Disease), Entropion, Familial Renal Disease, Hip Dysplasia, Intervertebral
Disk Disease, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Micropapilla, Perianal Gland Adenomas
Portosystemic Shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Renal Dysplasia
Sebaceous Gland Tumours, Tracheal, Collapse, Urolithiasis, Ventricular Septal
Defect