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  • Breed: Shih-tzu
  • Group: Purebred
  • Height: 8-11"
  • Weight: 10-15 lbs
  • HypoAllergenic: Yes
  • Coat: Long, straight, profuse; curly, or combo
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Our Shih Tzu puppies for sale make a beautiful, affectionate pet who you will quickly fall in love with!  Although the name means ?little lion,? the Shih Tzu is a lover, not a hunter.  This happy and outgoing housedog will quickly become part of your home and family.  Browse our Shih Tzu puppies for sale for the newest member of your family!

Are you looking for a small dog that thrives on human companionship, loves to cuddle and snuggle, and has a gorgeous outer coat?

If this describes the ideal dog for your home and family, then browse our Shih Tzu puppies for sale below.

As a Toy breed, Shih Tzu puppies are small and do well in smaller homes and apartments.  Their love for children and desire for human companionship makes them an excellent source of joy, comfort, and life for your home.

If you are ready for a small, beautiful dog that lives for companionship, then buy your Shih Tzu puppy today!

Companionship:  The Shih Tzu lives for human companionship and affection, especially from their owners.  Whether you are holding them, playing with them, or going a walk, you can be sure that your Shih Tzu will be by your side.

Lively:  Although they do enjoy being cuddled, the Shih Tzu also has plenty of energy and loves physical interaction.  They don?t have as much energy as some Toy Dogs, and they are known for playing and living well in smaller homes or apartments.

Affectionate with children:  The Shih Tzu loves interacting with people, and they do exceptionally well with children.  Because of their small size, it is critical to teach children how to play and interact correctly with your Shih Tzu dog.

Lapdog:  Many people picture the Shih Tzu lying on someone?s lap, which is often the truth!  Although they do have energy, one of the Shih Tzu?s favorite position is being cuddled or held by their owner.

Stubborn:  The Shih Tzu is more challenging to train and housebreak than some dog breeds.  The key to success is providing consistent, daily training when they are young.  Be patient with your Shih Tzu and provide positive feedback, and you will see progress quickly.

The Shih Tzu breed originates in China and Tibet, and archaeology shows the early ancestors may be some of the oldest dog breeds.  Paintings, carvings, and other documents show the Shih Tzu’s ancestors as playing a large part in China’s history.

There is much mystery about the breed’s early days.  However, stories and documents reveal that the dog was surrounded by myths and mystery, including the belief that they were the incarnations of household gods or carried the human souls of those seeking nirvana.

The Shih Tzu has always been associated with Chinese royalty, and throughout the centuries it could be found in the royal Chinese families and dynasties.  They became especially popular during the Ming Dynasty and were called the “little lions.”

It was not until the early 1900s that the breed made an appearance in Europe, and after that came to the United States.  By the mid-1900s, the Shih Tsu’s popularity was spreading and gaining popularity outside of China.

The American Kennel Club recognized the Shih Tzu breed in the United States in 1969.

Shih Tzu puppies are considered a Toy breed, and they are not large dogs.

Adult Shih Tzu dogs are usually 8-11″ tall at the shoulders and weigh about 10-15 pounds.

The Shih Tzu breed has been known to live longer than some other dog breeds.

The average lifespan is 10-18 years.

The Shih Tzu breed has several distinct features, most of them having to do with their beautiful coat and majestic appearance.

The Shih Tzu carries itself like royalty.  They often keep their neck and head back, head held high, and their tail curved over the back.

Their long, flowing coat adds to their majestic appearance as well.  The coat is a dense, double coat with the outer coat long and flowing.

The breed also has large, round eyes that distinctly peer out from their thick coat.

Because of their thick double coat and long outer hair, the Shih Tzu needs special care when it comes to grooming.

They should be brushed daily to remove loose hair and prevent knots and other dirt clumps from building up in their hair.

To help keep the coat clean, they should also be bathed every several weeks.  The dog is overall a clean breed, but if their coat gets dirty, they may need more frequent bathing.

When it comes to trimming their hair, many owners have different opinions on the length or style of the trimming.  Their hair should be professionally trimmed and cut as needed to maintain the coat’s length that the owner desires.

The Shih Tzu breed is an overall healthy breed, but there are a few things that their owners need to watch for in their Shih Tzu.

Because of their long coats, Shih Tzus don’t do well when exposed to heat.  Their coats make them hot quickly, so make sure your dog can cool down as needed on warm days or situations.

They also don’t do well in water, so be careful when around lakes, ponds, and other bodies of water.

Due to their larger eyes, watch for irritation when dirt, dust, or other objects get into their eyes.  You will see redness or other irritations, and you should take your Shih Tzu to the vet.

Like all dog breeds, Shih Tzus are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues among dogs. Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the leg or hip becomes weakened, and it can result in arthritis or potential lameness if not addressed.

One of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your dog from too much running on hard surfaces, especially when they are puppies.

Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells.  These skin cells are shed by any animal, including humans.

Because of their long, thick coats, Shih Tzu dogs are not the most allergen-friendly dog.  However, their allergens can be lowered if they are brushed regularly and kept clean.

If you have someone in your home with animal allergy concerns, it is good to consult your family physician.