This breed is ideal for anyone that wants a happy,
playful companion. However, the Shih Tzu is a strong
minded, often stubborn dog and needs a patient,
consistent owner when it comes time for training and
obedience. If allowed, these little dogs can easily
become household tyrants! With the proper care and
training the Shih Tzu is playful, loving and friendly. They
are small but not necessarily fragile dogs. If socialized
properly they get along well with other dogs as well as
The Shih Tzu is a small, sturdy, well balanced dog that is slightly longer
than it is tall. They are highly sociable and affectionate animals bursting
with personality. The Shih Tzu is a wonderful companion but a poor
choice if you are looking for a hiking partner or a dog to play frisbee
with. These dogs are highly adaptable, happy to recline on the couch or
go for a country walk.
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The Shih Tzu comes in several colors such as gold, black, gray, silver, and brindle.
They are 8 to 11 inches tall and weigh 9 to 16 pounds. These little dogs require an
ample amount of grooming time. Regular brushings and baths are a must in order to
keep the Shih Tzu's coat healthy and tangle free. A neglected coat causes mats which
can lead to skin problems and discomfort.
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