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What is a Shih Tzu?

Shih Tzu traits

Chrysanthemum Dog, Tibetan Lion Dog
Toy
9-11 inches
10-16 lbs
10-16 years
Shih Tzu characteristics
Lifespan
5 yr 20 yrs
Grooming needs
Occasionally Frequently
Good with kids
Needs lots of supervision Ready to play
Good with cats
Likely to chase Hey, new pal!
Training aptitude
Headstrong Eager to please
Full-grown size
Teeny tiny Super size
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Franny

Shih Tzu

Female, 10 yrs 3 mos
los angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Franny is the sweetest senior love bug. She loves all humans and kids and dogs! She loves to run and sleep and snuggle:) ##1973735##
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Simone & Leigha

Shih Tzu

Female Adult
los angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Foster or adopt!  Meet Leigha and Simone, a bonded pair of senior sweethearts seeking immediate foster or adoption! Dumped at a school, Leigha (the gentle brown girl) and Simone (the affectionate black boy), aged 8-9, long for a loving home environment, preferably with older teen children, where they can stay together and share their unwavering affection. Though not yet tested with other dogs due to finishing their vaccines, their loving and easygoing nature promises adaptability.  They are now fully vaccinated, spayed, and neutered. Let's ensure these sweet souls find the forever home they've been waiting for!  ##2054582##
We'll also keep you updated on McKenna's adoption status with email updates.
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McKenna

Shih Tzu Terrier (Unknown Type, Small)

Female, 1 yr
Studio City, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
McKenna is an adorable 10-month old Shih-Tzu/Terrier mix puppy that weighs about 13 lbs. She was rescued from a bad living situation in the desert. McKenna is very sweet, gets along with dogs, cats and all people. She is high energy and must go to a home with another playful dog. She is constantly playing with her Foster's dogs. She definitely needs to have some training, an experienced dog owner would be best for her. She is up-to-date on vaccines, spayed, microchipped and house trained. If you are interested in McKenna, please complete the application on our website: www.adoptmerescue.org. LOCAL AREA ADOPTION ONLY
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AKEEM

Shih Tzu

Male, 2 yrs 6 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs, House-trained,
Story
Meet Akeem, a playful Shih Tzu! This 2-year old boy was a baby when he was brought into his current home. The family had hoped to find a companion for their older dog but Akeem’s playfulness has proven to be too much for him. His human will also begin traveling for work soon and knows Akeem would benefit from a family that can spend more time with him. He’s a loving 20-lb guy with lots of energy! Akeem knows a few commands such as sit, stay and settle down, however, more training would be beneficial. He is playful, well-behaved and never aggressive towards humans or other dogs. He should be in a home that is willing to take the time to continue his training. The ideal family for Akeem enjoys keeping active daily. Does Akeem sound like your Soul dog to rescue? Apply today!
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PEBBLES

Shih Tzu Shih Tzu

Female, 3 mos
Culver City, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
PEBBLES is a 3 month old Female Shih-Tzu. She is looking for her “Forever Home”. PEBBLES has been socialized, is very engaging and playful. She is great with other dogs, cat safe and kid friendly. We estimate she will be a 18-20 lb dog when full grown. PEBBLES will require a regulate grooming schedule throughout her life. She will make a great addition to a loving home.
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Bolt

Shih Tzu Maltese

Male, 2 yrs 1 mo
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Not good with kids, Not good with dogs, Not good with cats, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Introducing Bolt, a lively 2-year-old neutered male Maltese Shih Tzu mix, ready to sprint right into your life and heart! Bursting with energy, Bolt loves to explore the world on walks, displaying his joy with every step he takes. This small, fluffy bundle of enthusiasm is looking for a family that shares his zest for playfulness. Bolt is best suited to a home without cats and small children. He thrives in an environment where he can be the center of attention and doesn’t have to share his humans with other pets or compete with the bustling activity that young children can bring. Ideal for an individual or a family with older children, Bolt will make a delightful and energetic companion. If you’re looking for a spirited friend who is always up for a walk and eager for new experiences, Bolt could be your perfect match. Let Bolt light up your life with his infectious energy and joyous personality! Bolt is available to adopt in the Greater Los Angeles area. Please visit our website to complete an adoption application: https://jasonheigl.foundation/adopt/bolt/
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Frequently asked questions

Shih Tzu Basics

Learn about about Shih Tzu basics like where Shih Tzu come from, how many different types of Shih Tzu you can find, and what other breeds mix with Shih Tzu.

“Shih Tzu” means “lion dog” in Chinese. This breed earned the moniker due to its lion-like appearance and regal demeanor, resembling the traditional Chinese lion.

Shih Tzus typically live between 10 to 18 years. Proper care, a balanced diet, regular exercise, and routine veterinary check-ups can significantly influence their longevity. Individual factors such as genetics, health care, and overall well-being can also impact their lifespan.

No, there is just one type of Shih Tzu. Slight differences may exist based on the dog’s lineage or intended purpose, but there is one recognized breed standard for Shih Tzus. There are variations of Shih Tzu in size, coat texture, and appearance nuances rather than distinct types. 

Shih Tzus were bred to be companions and lap dogs for royalty. They were highly revered in Chinese and Tibetan cultures and served as loyal companions to the emperors and nobility. These pups have been known as companion animals and trusted household pets for centuries.

Shih Tzu is a small yet sturdy toy breed dog known for its luxurious double coat, a distinct underbite, and a friendly, affectionate temperament. Their flowing coat, pleasant personality, and endearing expression have made the Shih Tzu a beloved household pet and a popular breed in the toy group.

Shih Tzus usually stop growing around 10 to 12 months old. While they may physically stop growing by their first year, their behavioral and mental development may continue for a little longer. Maintaining a healthy diet, proper exercise, and consistent care during this growth phase is essential for them to become healthy adults.

Yes, Shih Tzus are considered hypoallergenic due to their low shedding. However, no dog is entirely hypoallergenic as allergens are not solely from shedding. People with allergies may have fewer reactions to Shih Tzus, but it varies from person to person. Regular grooming and cleaning can help minimize the spread of allergens and minimize potential allergic reactions.

Shih Tzus are commonly mixed with a Poodle (Shih-Poo), Bichon Frisé (Shichon), Maltese (Mal-Shi), and Yorkshire Terrier (Shorkie), among others. These combinations result in unique appearances, temperaments, and characteristics inherited from both parent breeds. 

The Shih Tzu originates from China, dating back thousands of years. Bred as a companion dog and a symbol of royalty, they were favored by Chinese royalty during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Revered for their graceful appearance and charming nature, Shih Tzus were treasured as lap dogs in the imperial palace and revered for their graceful appearance and charming nature.

Shih Tzu Appearance

Learn about about the Shih Tzu general appearance like their size, colors, and grooming needs.

Shih Tzus come in gold, brindle, liver, black, red, and blue. They also come in various combinations like black and white, liver and white, or blue and white, and even tri-colored combinations. These dogs may exhibit different shades, and their coats may change over time, especially during their first few years.

The rarest color of Shih Tzu is the lavender or lilac shade, which is a diluted silver color with a slight purple hue. However, it’s essential to note that the concept of rarity might differ based on individual opinions and the perception of the particular shades of the breed’s coat.



Shih Tzus weigh between nine to 16 pounds when they reach adulthood, with some variances based on their specific lineage and gender. Typically, male Shih Tzus tend to weigh slightly more than their female counterparts, and individual dogs can fall outside this average weight range.