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Place each puppy in a safe, loving forever home with responsible caring owners.
The Master of Fun and Love
The standard Shih Tzu is a sturdy, family focused dog and a professional playmate
for people and animals of all ages. They wish only to be the center of attention
and literally thrive on your families' love. Their pronounced under bite and cute
little stubby face help to protect you and your belongings from any serious threat
of chewing damage or playful biting.
The Shih Tzu continues to be America’s favorite purebred pet, and for good reason.
Wonderful temperament, easily trained, sturdy, healthy and they come in an unlimited
variety of color combinations. Often times coat colors will change and increase in
splendor, as your dog matures. Less desirable traits may include fading, thinning
or wavy coats.
There is no such thing as an IMPERIAL Shih Tzu. Please click to lean moreaboutthe
Imperial myth, or call the AKC at (919) 233-9767.
After a year’s growth you’ll need to advance your grooming skills and master the
basic center part and topknot techniques. Make sure no hairs are poking your dogs
eyes, by continually inspecting, combing and training it to lay properly, or keep
it trimmed away completely. This is especially true as a pup when the hair is at
that awkward growth stage.
Show coats are glorious, but less time grooming equals more time playing. Keeping
the entire coat trimmed short and the face and feet even shorter is cute and much
less burdensome. Shih Tzu require lots of daily attention and affection, lack of
or either of these causes anxiety and depression. This fact is compounded when they
are young. Do not leave a Shih Tzu alone for long periods of time. Love is free give
them all you can. Please refer to the AKC for the official breed standards.
Height: 8 to 11 inches
Weight: 9 to 16
Activity Level: Low
Selecting the appropriate breed is often more important than choosing which puppy.
It’s always best to refer to the AKC to obtain a general idea of the breeds structure,
temperament and care requirements before selecting your breed. We also have some
very reliable “pick of the litter” methods on our shopping tips page.
Secondly, you should try to speak with someone that actually owns the breed as a
pet, rather than just the folks trying to sell you one. Also keep in mind, how they
were initially cared for and later trained greatly determines how they look and behave
MODOG breed descriptions are based solely on our personal interpretation of, and
experience with, these particular breeds. These are not official standards and may
or may not accurately reflect the general characteristics of each breed.