The Shih Tzu is an affectionate, outgoing and sweet dog that brightens up any room it enters! This little “lion dog” has delighted its owners for thousands of years.  The Shih Tzu (pronounced ‘sheet-su’ in the West) is a charming little pup that is known for its illustrious coat, which comes in many colours. Whether they are chasing cats and digging holes or admiring you while sitting in your lap, the shih tzu is a lovely dog for any owner to have. To find out more about the shih tzu, keep reading!

Shih Tzu Nutrition

The shih tzu can be prone to getting overweight so nutrition and diet are an important part of their care. Shih Tzus do well on a diet of high-quality dog food. While treats can be important aid in training your shih tzu, giving too many can cause obesity. It is important to ask your vet about which human foods are safe for your shih tzu and what may trigger obesity.

Shih Tzu Facts:

  • The Shih Tzu is often referred to as ‘the chrysanthemum-faced dog’ because of the haphazard way their hair grows in the front as it resembles the petals of this particular flower. Their magnificent coat requires care and attention to keep it soft and flowing.
  • The Shih Tzu is named after the feline ‘lion’. In Buddhist belief there is an association between the lion and their Deity, thus shih tzus were bred in court.
  • The Shih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty in China. Shih Tzus lived a lavish royal life and were pampered by their emperors and their families. It is said that the emperors would give valuable gifts to breeders of Shih Tzus if they produced beautiful and affectionate dogs.
  • Shih tzus can come in any colour: black mask gold, black and white, solid black, solid liver, liver and white, brindle, white, red and white, and grey and white.