The descendant of regal dogs of China, the Shih Tzu makes a loyal and lively friend.

Vital Stats

Height: 9 to 10.5 inches at shoulder
Weight: 9 to 16 pounds
Coat: long and silky
Life span: 15 years

Summary
His name means little lion, but there’s nothing fierce about this dog. The Shih Tzu is a lover, not a hunter. Bred solely to be a companion, the Shih Tzu is an affectionate, happy, outgoing housedog who loves nothing more than to follow his people from room to room.

In recent years, however, owners have started taking the Shih Tzu off their laps and into dog sports, training him for obedience, rally, and agility competitions. Full Shih Tzu profile on DogTime.com

Apartment appropriate:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Friendly toward strangers:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Playfulness:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Potential for weight gain:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Compatible with kids:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Ease of training:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Sensitivity:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Vigor:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Watchdog ability:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Mouthiness:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Predatory tendencies:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
General health:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Heat Tolerance:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Easy to groom:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Average:
2.9 out of 5 stars (2.9 / 5)