Shih Tzu


Shih Tzu from Demi’s Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu’s are uausally considered house dogs, but can be equally at home down in the barn yard.  They are full of giving and expect the same from their owners.  Will be happy around children but will need its quite time.  The Shih Tzu enjoys daily walks but is also comfortable getting its own exercise as it romps around the house.  Weekly baths and brushings are preferred.  A great apartment dog who will conform to your lifestyle –  active or inactive.

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Notes for owners
Long.  Little shedding Daily OK for apartments with daily walks.  Needs to be with its “people.”  Can appear arrogant.

AKC Breed Profile

American Shih Tzu Club

U.S. Shih Tzu Rescue

Short-snout Breeds:  Flat Faced Breeds  (02-12-18)


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.