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Dogs - Shih Tzu

About the breed

The Shih Tzu (pronounced sheed zoo) originated in Tibet. They were bred by monks in the temple. From there  they emigrated to China and then on to England. They are now found in many parts of  the world. Read the early history of dogs.

Shih Tzus have remarkably long hair which flows right down to the ground. They need daily brushing to keep the coat from tangling. A good ladies' dog! He is best suited to being a house dog as the long hair gets dirty if he goes wading in streams and rolling on the ground. Like all dogs though, the Shih Tzu enjoys going for a walk. The long hair on the head can be tied up to keep it out of the eyes. The Shih Tzu has a flat face with big eyes and an endearing expression.

Two shiz tzu puppies being carried

Shiz tzu puppies belonging to Dudley & Lee Sparg, South Africa

Class: Utility

Colour: any

Height: up to 27cms at shoulder.


Shih Tzus owned by Mr & Mrs C. Aucamp, South Africa

Shihtze with hair braided above the face to keep it out the eyes Shih tzu on grooming table with brush comb spray... A beautifully groomed shihtzu, white & grey, with long hair tied back in clip.
Ch Xeralane's Game of the Heart at Dunstars (Imp USA) Dunstar's Heart of Face, a shih-tzu puppy being groomed for a show. In the showring


KUSA registered shih tzu puppies - black and white. 

2 shihtzu puppies with striking black & white markings, in a plastic bed


The Shih tzus probably enjoyed living in a temple, being cared for by kindly monks. The song-writer says, "I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of the wicked." Psalm 84


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