The Shih-Tzu 

Breed & Care Information

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The Shih Tzu is a wonderful family dog! Their friendly personality combined with their hardy size makes them a fun companion pet for children. The Shih Tzu breed has a lively and playful personality that often enjoys to snuggle and cuddle with their family.


The Shih Tzu is short in stature but hardy in build. Their body type is heavier due to more solid muscle mass, but their short, cobby little legs make them a sturdy small breed dog. The Shih Tzu breed is available in Tiny Teacup and Toy sizes ranges from 3 lbs to 10 lbs.

Coat & Color Options

The Shih-Tzu is available in solid and party colors with many different color options. The Shih-Tzu has a thick and soft coat that falls straight to the ground. 


The Shih-Tzu requires regular grooming. Sticking to a regular grooming schedule for your pet will help making their needs more manageable. Brushing your pets hair every 1-3 days will help fight tangles and mats. As their hair continues to grow a full body groom is needed every 3 to 4 weeks. The shorter their hair is cut the longer it will last in-between grooms. The shorter their hair is cut the longer it will last in-between grooms.The shorter the haircut, the longer it will last in-between grooms. Ask for a “Puppy Cut” to keep their hair short and manageable, but not shaved too short. Shih-Tzu’s may also need the hair from their ears pulled as long hairs grow in their ears and may cause infections.


The Shih-Tzu has human-like hair and gentle skin that should be washed with a gentle shampoo. TropiClean Shampoo is a gentle shampoo that uses coconut oil and water to cleanse their coat and skin. Shih-Tzu’s are known to be lively and playful. Bathe your Shih-Tzu every week to keep them fresh and clean! TropiClean Ear Cleaning Wipes can be used once a week to gently remove ear wax and debris and reduce risk of infection.