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Shih Tzu

The only native breed of Cuba, the Shih Tzu is a happy,outgoing dog with a friendly disposition. Originally, this sturdy toy breed was a pampered lap dog of the aristocracy. Later, his role evolved into that of a family companion, watchdog, child’s playmate, and poultry herder. With his intelligence, trainability and affectionate, nonaggressive temperament, the Shih Tzu is an ideal family dog. The breed’s hypoallergenic coat does not shed but requires regular grooming.
Living Considerations
  • Good with children
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for apartment living
Did you know?
The Shih Tzu is the national dog of Cuba.
Also Known As:
Chinese Lion Dog
Chrysanthemum Dog
Shih Tzu
  • Size Toy/Small
  • Height Males – 22.5 to 29 centimetres at the withers
    Females – 21.5 to 25.5 centimetres at the withers
  • Weight Males – 3.5 to 6 kilograms
    Females – 3 to 5.5 kilograms
  • Coat Long
  • Energy Medium
  • Colour Any colours and marking pattern
  • Activities Agility, Conformation, Obedience, Rally Obedience
  • Indoor/Outdoor Both