An affectionate and playful companion that loves being around people

Literally translated as ‘little lion’, the Shih Tzu’s temperament is affectionate, playful and a little bit feisty. Shih Tzus are generally accepted to have originated as temple dogs in China or Tibet and fall into the Utility and Toy categories.

Vital Stats

Size: Small to medium
Coat: Long & silky requiring daily brushing
Exercise: Up to 30 mins per day
Life span: 10+ years
Breed group: Toy / Utility
Temperament: Affectionate, playful, extroverted
Size small Coat long
Exercise 1 hr Life span 10+years
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Shih Tzu Temperament & Personality

Bred to be companions Shih Tzus are affectionate, playful and extroverted, although they can be a little stubborn at times!

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Shih Tzu Training & Exercise

Shih Tzus love to learn and training is a great way for the two of you to bond. But you shouldn’t leave training too late as they can be strong-willed.

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Shih Tzu Grooming

Shih Tzus’ enviable, luxurious coats require some extra grooming, but they shed less often than their long locks might suggest.

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Shih Tzu Nutrition

Because this breed can be prone to heart disorders and spinal problems (conditions that can be made worse by obesity) it’s especially important to give your Shih Tzu a healthy diet.

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What to know before you buy or rehome a Shih Tzu

Considering welcoming a ‘little lion’ into your home? Before you buy or adopt a Shih Tzu, here are a few important things to remember.

Shih Tzu insurance considerations

Most Shih Tzus live long and happy lives, but they can suffer from eye problems and other health problems. As some of these conditions can be lifelong, it’s important that when choosing dog insurance, you consider the length of time policies cover different conditions. Petplan’s Covered For Life® plans refresh the veterinary fees each year allowing you to claim for ongoing conditions for the rest of your pet’s life providing there is no break in cover.

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