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Updated on October 15, 2014

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.

curated from my Flickr account

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

The Shih Tzu Handbook (Barron's Pet Handbooks)
The Shih Tzu Handbook (Barron's Pet Handbooks)

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

curated from my Flickr account

Bamboo Small Dog Guillotine Nail Trimmer with Styptic and File (Colors Vary)
Bamboo Small Dog Guillotine Nail Trimmer with Styptic and File (Colors Vary)

3-in-1 pedicure set designed specifically for small dogs.

Cloud Star Buddy Wash Splash Spritzer, 4 OZ
Cloud Star Buddy Wash Splash Spritzer, 4 OZ

We use this product as a detangler.


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.

curated from my Flickr account

Dog Food

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

Vintage Dog Bomber Jacket

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

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"

Paw Coin Color: Blue
Paw Coin Color: Blue

For your "baby" boy.


Super Cute Shih Tzu Gifts - For any Shih Tzu lover!

House Not A Home Without A Shih Tzu

10" x 5" sign hand crafted and made in the USA.

Shih Tzu Euro Decal

Laminated, vinyl decal

Dimensions: 3.5 " x 5.5"

Shih Tzu Fluff Luggage Tag

Faux leather w/ embroidery details

Approx. 5 1/2" Wide x 5" High

Join the Shih Tzu Pack! Here's an invite for so you can make a page for your dog(s).

Visit my pooches Kneesaa & Shodu there too.

Do you love Shih Tzus too?

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      4 years ago

      Hi there. Loved your lens. We have a beautiful and loving little girl who is 4 now. Definitely a wonderful part of our family. We are all in love with her!

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      5 years ago

      I haven't worked with very many Shih Tzus, but those I have all stand out as bright little characters, very smart and a whole lot of fun. Not to mention the extreme cuteness... Love the colouring on your Kneesaa, and Shodu is a total little Ewok!

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      6 years ago from Texas

      Hi Christene! Peanut here. Well, as you can guess, I'm a big fan of all dogs. Didn't know my Shih Tzu friends had hair instead of fur. Great info here.

    • DahliaValentine profile image


      6 years ago

      Shih Tzu mama here! They are such loyal little honey buns!

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for this great lens, I also own a shih tzu =)

    • beckyf profile image


      7 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. Our beloved Shih Tzu is gone now. We miss the little guy a lot!

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      7 years ago

      love the lens..visit me take a look at shuz tzu puppies

    • Slothlover LM profile image

      Slothlover LM 

      8 years ago

      Shih Tzus are so adorable! I love them! Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Shih Tzu is one of the cutest toy breed.

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      9 years ago

      Ours was an unexpected gift from daughter who took an out-of-state job. For the longest time we thought Buddy was unique and very special, but then we learned that the breed is unique and special. No love like that from---or for---a Shih Tzu!

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      9 years ago from Australia

      Mmmm. Yes. I know what you mean about dog fur being dropped everywhere. We have a furry dog rather than a hairy dog, but because he is little, he makes an ideal lap dog :-)

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      10 years ago

      Love them? They are like Lay's potatoe chips...can't stop at one!!!

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      10 years ago

      A neighbor walks his cute shih tzu past our window every day. I lensrolled you to my shih tzu lens, too.

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      10 years ago

      I love shih tzu's. I just got a shih tzu as a wedding gift a few months ago, she is now 5 months old. That's how I came up with my name for squidoo (shihtzumommy). My baby is black with white paws and a white bib. Oh, and the tip of her tail is white too, so adorable!!

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      10 years ago

      We used to own a Shih Tzu but he has passed on. However, he was certainly a joy for my girls to have around but, as adorable as he was, he was the wrong type of pet to bring to northern Canada. It was too cold for him to go outside during winter months. I enjoyed your lens and it brought back many pleasant memories. Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      Hi Christene, I also own Shih Tzus and I have 3 of them: Jet, Bruce and Jackie and they are all black belt! Yeah, I'm not kidding. They have some sort of black strip on their waist! Isn't that cute? anyway, thanks for you lens and the collars are lovely. I'm sure they have collars for my kung-fu masters (lol)! I love buying things for them or anything about them! I even have my own personalized Shih Tzu checks which I also bought online! why not check it out? I'm sure you will love what you see from there and this I want to share to you and thanks for sharing this lens! Good work!

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      Gatsby LM 

      11 years ago

      5* My neighbor has one of those. He loves to play with my Border Collie. Dog Whisper With Rena

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      11 years ago

      5* For knowing your stuff! Dog Whisper Woman

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      11 years ago

      I love Shih Tzus. We have one her name is Lilly. We adopted her, she gets into trouble sometimes, but adorable even when she's doing wrong.


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