Shih Tzu

A Shih Tzu, also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog, is a toy dog breed developed for royalty in China during the Ming Dynasty. The breeds name means ˝little lion˝ comes from thought that he originated in Tibet, bred by Tibetan monks to be a tiny replica of a lion. The Shih Tzu's origins are ancient and recent study revealed that the Shih Tzu is one of the 14 oldest dog breeds. Historically, the purpose of the Shih Tzu was to be a companion and that is the only thing he wants to be.
Shih Tzu Height


9–11 in (23–28 cm)

Shih Tzu Weight


9–16 lb (4–7 kg)

Shih Tzu Origin


Tibet (China)

Shih Tzu Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

10-18 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health