Shih Tzu

Tread carefully here. Suffice it to say that this chrysanthemum-faced toy is properly called a “SHEED-zoo.” Originating from Tibet, the Shih Tzu is a relative of the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. It was later in history that the Shih Tzu became a breed of their own. They quickly became one of AKC’s top ten breeds with around 20,000 new registrations each year.

The Shih Tzu is a fairly small breed, although not as small as some of the other breeds in the Toy group. He is strong and sturdy. Breed standard states that the Shih Tzu stands no taller than 10.5 inches at the shoulder with a weight range between 10-16 pounds. Because they are a sturdy dog, they are capable of going for long walks, yet can easily adapt to life with a small amount of exercise as well.

They have a long flowing coat with a dense undercoat. They are beautiful in full coat, although most pet owners prefer to have them in a “puppy cut” as owners find the coat much easier to manage. They are almost a non shedding breed (many sources say non shedding, others state 97%). The Shih Tzu is intelligent, active, alert, friendly and independent. They are neither a snappy breed nor a noisy breed although they will enjoy a good bark when they feel the need. They get along with other dogs and animals well.







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We first became involved with the Shih Tzus following the damage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Following the aftermath of destruction we learned of a kennel that was destroyed by the storm and knew we would be able to provide care for a few females and a male Shih Tzu who no longer had a place to call home. They soon became our friends. We have since added linage with championship pedigrees to our lines only to improve the good quality we began with. We have the potential for solid golds, reds, and possibly blacks as well as parti colors – which are predominantly white with another color.  Our Shih Tzus are all registered with the AKC. All puppies are current on wormings and vaccinations.  They each have an AVID microchip inserted between the shoulder blades for positive identification. Dewclaws are removed.  Litters are carefully planned and available on an occasional basis.

Recommended Reading

Shih Tzu
by Juliette Cunliffe
Published by Kennel Club Books
ISBN: 1-59378-216-0

Puppy Training
by Charlotte Schwartz
Published by Kennel Club Books
ISBN 1-59378-365-5

Better Dog Behavior
by Charlotte Schwartz
Published by Kennel Club Books
ISBN 1-59378-379-5