Shih Tzu

Pair of side elevation drawings of the Shih Tzu in standing and seated postures

A popular member of the toy group of dog breeds, the Shih Tzu is a small, easy-going dog ranging from nine to sixteen pounds and is famous for its exceptionally long, silky, hair-like coat. Originating in China with evidence of its popularity in the Forbidden City, this little pooch was treasured in the Chinese court and regarded as a holy messenger. Bred to be a companion, the Shih Tzu is known for its relaxed and pleasant demeanor, though can be stubborn at times. Having your Shih Tzu groomed on a regular basis is a must, and stylish hair pins and bows can help keep hair out of your furry friend’s eyes.

Collection of elevation drawings of the Shih Tzu dog breed in assorted front view postures and lying down

Shih Tzus have a withers height between 9”-10.5” (23-27 cm) and a weight in the range of 9-16 lb (4.1-7.3 kg). The Shih Tzu has an overall body length of roughly 15”-17.5” (38-44 cm), standing height of 13”-15” (33-38 cm), and a typical lifespan of 10-18 years.


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13”-15” | 33-38 cm
15”-17.5” | 38-44 cm
Withers Height:
9”-10.5” | 23-27 cm
9-16 lb | 4.1-7.3 kg

Coat Color: All colors

Temperament: Outgoing, happy, affectionate, trusting

Breed Size:
10-18 years


Drawings include:

Shih Tzu side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), side (lying down)

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