Shih Tzu Breed Profile


Among the endearing traits of the Shih Tzu is that they are alert, happy, loyal, affectionate, courageous, clever and curious.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is not recommended for children of any ages.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for this breed of dog is around 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 9 to 16 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with Shih Tzu's include but are not limited to wheezing, snoring, ear problems, eye problems and respiratory problems. Also prone to weight gain and spinal diseases.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be difficult for this breed of dog. Patience should be on part of the owner when considering whether or not to housebreak. Shedding is heavy, brush daily to maintain.

Best Owner Compatibility

Can be suitable for the apartment and condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has no children, has time to take them for many walks during the day and has lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay upwards of around $500 for each dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog is prone to aggression if the owners do not show proper pack leadership skills and if the dog isn't socialized at an early age.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog.

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