Shih Tzu Dogs
The only breed of dog I've ever owned has been a Shih Tzu.
My mother and I are allergic to dogs and when I was 7 years old we asked our allergist which breeds be ok for us. He named a few, one of them being the Shih Tzu. This is because they have hair instead of fur and have less dander than most dogs. They also don't shed any more than humans.
They are super sweet dogs and just plain adorable. This is a sturdy little breed that can tolerate the rough play of children. Their gentle nature and low exercise requirements also make it a great dog for elderly. They are also great apartment dogs as they don't need much room to run around.
I really have loved my dogs and don't see myself with any other breed.
My first two Shih Tzus
The first 3 pictures below are of Aisha, a little girl who my family got when I was in the second grade. The last 3 are of Oaki, a little boy we bought when I was in college. My mother still has him and is now "Uncle Oaki". They are both standard size Shih Tzus.
Shih Tzu Facts:
- Country & Date of origin: China in the 1600's
- Body Type: Small, stocky, and short legged
- Standard Height: 10 1/2 inches at shoulder
- Standard Weight: 10-16 pounds
- Tiny Weight:6-9 pounds
- Imperial Weight:Under 6 pounds
- Personality:Gentle and loyal
- Colors:Gold, White, Red, Black, Liver, Blue, Brindle, and Silver.
- Life span:10 - 14 years
- AKC Group:Toy
A Book for new Shih Tzu owners
This book is filled with pet-care advice including feeding, care, training, and grooming.
My third Shih Tzu
This is Shodu. She is the dog my husband and I bought a year before our daughter was born. We were told she was an Imperial but she grew to be 8 pounds so she is a Tiny. Oh...her name! She was named after an Ewok...for obvious reasons. LOL
Must have items
Get a good quality comb.
3-in-1 pedicure set designed specifically for small dogs.
We use this product as a detangler.
Shih Tzus love to squeak!
My fourth Shih Tzu
This is Kneesaa. She was named after an Ewok too. We got her on my 35th birthday. :) She's still a puppy, we're not sure how big she'll be when she's full grown. We think around 8 pounds like Shodu.
Shih Tzu's have sensitive tummies so it's best to feed them a high quality pet food. We only feed our dogs Great Life brand dog food. Both of our dogs eat their New Zealand Lamb dry dog food.
Lamb, Whole Barley, Whole Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Yams, Blueberries, Cranberries, with a number of Freeze Dried Raw Probiotics, Vitamins, and Minerals.
One of my pups
This was my dog in the summer of 2000 when we first got her. She was maybe 4 pounds back then. She's about twice the size now.
Don't forget to keep them warm
Monkey Pom Pom Parka
Quilted dog jacket features soft, warm fleece lining and zipper along chest. Faux fur trimmed hoodie is removable and cinches with pom-pom adorned drawstring.
XXS 5" Length, 6-7.5" Girth
XS 6" Length, 8-9.5" Girth
Small 7" Length, 10-12.5" Girth
Large 9.5" Length, 15.5-17.5" Girth
Distressed faux leather dog bomber jacket lined in fleece. Features detachable lined fleece hoodie, real back pockets and a toggle at the hem.
XS 8" Length, 9-11" Girth
Small 10" Length, 12-14" Girth
Medium 12" Length, 14-16" Girth
Large 14" Length, 16-18" Girth
Shih Tzu Links
- American Shih Tzu Club
The American Shih Tzu Club, Inc. (ASTC) was formed in 1963 by a small group of individuals who shared a common interest in, love for, and commitment to the Shih Tzu breed. Since then, the ASTC has continued to grow in membership, in local Shih Tzu cl
- American Kennel Club - Shih Tzu
Founded in 1884, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.
Dog Collar Charms
Give your pup some sparkle.
Jazz up your pet's collar with these Austrian Crystal Paw Print Collar Charms.
Crystals highlight this adorable design and a sturdy clasp makes for easy application to any collar. Charms are approximately 7/8 wide"
For your "baby" girl.
For your "baby" boy.
Super Cute Shih Tzu Gifts - For any Shih Tzu lover!
10" x 5" sign hand crafted and made in the USA.
Shih Tzu Euro Decal
Laminated, vinyl decal
Dimensions: 3.5 " x 5.5"
Faux leather w/ embroidery details
Approx. 5 1/2" Wide x 5" High