Height at the withers: Males 20 - 28 cm, Females 20 - 28 cm
Average weight: Males 4 - 7.25 kg, Females 4 - 7.25 kg
The Shih Tzu is known to be a lively, confident, outgoing little dog that boasts a really extrovert side to their characters. There is nothing they like more than to be part of a family and just love being involved in everything that goes on in a household which is why they have consistently been a popular choice as family pets and companion dogs.
Intelligence / Trainability
Shih Tzus are intelligent, but they do boast a bit of an independent side to their characters which means their training and socialisation has to start as early as possible. They can also be a little stubborn at times and often give owners the impression that it is beneath them to do certain things asked of them. With this is mind, a lot of patience and consistency are needed when training and educating a Shih Tzu to be obedient, although they do tend to always have a mind of their own.
The average life expectancy of a Shih Tzu is between 10 and 16 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.
Like so many other breeds, the Shih Tzu is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these active, attractive little dogs.
Caring for a Shih Tzu
As with any other breed, Shih Tzus need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.