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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 Swedish 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.

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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.

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Favorite Names

For Male

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

For Female

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

Common Locations

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

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