Lion dog, Lion son
Common Misspellings: Shihtzu, Shihju, Sheetzu, Shitzu, Sheetzo
Date of Origin:
Arguably the Shih Tzu dates back to the 17th century
9-16 lbs (4.08-7.26 kg)
8-11 inches(20.3-27.9 cm)
AKC Toy Class
AKC, CKC, FCI, KC, UKC, CCR, APRI, ACR, KCGB, , ANKC, NKC, NZKC
Companion dog and Show dog
17th most registered dog, 3rd most registered toy breed (AKC)
1 to 5
Adult at 1 year old
If you're looking for a tiny toy-sized dog, the Shih Tzu won't fit the bill. Though this is a toy breed, the Shih Tzu is compact, sturdy, and usually between 9 and 16 lbs.
Issues arise with breeders who market Imperial, miniature, and/or teacup Shih Tzu puppies. This trend is growing and there is a demand for these dogs. Do Imperials really have royal bloodlines? How small will be a teacup be and are there any related health concerns?