The Shih Tzu puppy is one of the most irresistible breeds you’ll see. They’re happy, playful and loving. I have several neighbors who own the Shih Tzu. How do I know? They can be quite the little barkers if left alone for the day. When they have a companion dog or someone is around they are much happier!
There are various theories of the origins of today’s Shih Tzu. Many postulate that they are a cross between the Pekingese and a Tibetan dog called the Lhasa Apso. Shih Tzu’s were a favorite with the Chinese royals and so prized that, for years, the Chinese refused to sell, trade, or give any away.
The breed spread throughout Europe, and was first brought to the United States after World War II, when returning soldiers of the U.S. military brought them back from Europe. The Shih Tzu was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 in the Toy Group.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy small dog with a flat nose and large dark eyes. Weighing between 10-16 lbs. and standing roughly 10 inches at their shoulders. They have a naturally long and silky coat, but most owners keep them clipped for ease of grooming. Their range of coat colors include various shades of gold, white, brown, and black.
A very noticeable feature is their under bite (lower teeth extend further than the upper), which is required in the breed standard, but I’m not a fan of that look.
The Shih Tzu has a personality and temperament that is loyal, affectionate, outgoing, and alert. Because of its friendly nature, they usually interact well with other dogs, children and adults when properly socialized at a young age. The Shih Tzu can also be a bit stubborn to train, so remember to start at a young age.