Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

This ancient breed is the perfect lapdog. Sweet and easygoing, they want nothing more than to be close to their humans.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 8-11in

Female: 8-11in

Weight

Male: 9-16lb

Female: 9-16lb

Fun Fact

Marco Polo remarked that small “lion dogs” were used to keep the Emperor’s lions calm by acting as companions.

About this Breed

The Shih Tzu is the 19th most popular dog in the United States. The breed is also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog and the Lion Dog. The origins of the breed are uncertain but the breed is believed to have originated from Tibet and China. The dog is closely tied to Chinese royalty and similar featured dogs can be seen in artwork dating seventh century AD. The breed has long fur that needs to be brushed daily to keep from being tangles. Their personality is loyal and affectionate but prone to stubbornness when it comes to training.

Marco Polo remarked that small “lion dogs” were used to keep the Emperor’s lions calm by acting as companions.

Shih Tzus on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Shih Tzu ancestry.

  • Lulu

    Lulu

    Purebred

    McGregor

    McGregor

    Purebred

    Lacey

    Lacey

    Purebred

    Harvey

    Harvey

    Purebred

  • Yuki

    Yuki

    Purebred

    Merf Dinosaurpizza

    Merf Dinosaurpizza

    Purebred

    TokeeO

    TokeeO

    Purebred

    Ziggy

    Ziggy

    Purebred

  • Nola

    Nola

    Purebred

    Romeo

    Romeo

    Purebred

    Zoe

    Zoe

    Purebred

    Ollie

    Ollie

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Charlie
  2. Teddy
  3. Buddy
  4. Max
  5. Oliver
  6. Ollie
  7. Bentley
  8. Cooper
  9. Milo
  10. Toby

For Females

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Sophie
  4. Luna
  5. Zoey
  6. Penny
  7. Molly
  8. Sadie
  9. Maggie
  10. Daisy

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. Texas, United States
  3. New York, United States
  4. Florida, United States
  5. Illinois, United States
  6. Tennessee, United States
  7. New Jersey, United States
  8. Washington, United States
  9. Pennsylvania, United States
  10. Georgia, United States

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