Shih Tzu {Standard & Imperial}

1Maddie5W3DOld112lbs013Shih Tzu puppies are in high demand due to the fact the are such a lovable breed and known for being a lapdog.

The Shih Tzu is also known as the ‘Chinese Lion Dog’ and/or ‘Chrysanthemum Dog’ (because its face resembles a flower). They are playful, but will be content just hanging with you. They are hypoallergenic and non-shedding.  All making for a wonderful inside pet.  These babies should never be an outside dog. The coat is very versatile you can enjoy them with a long full flowing coat or cut into a short puppy cut. The hair grows back quickly if you decide you prefer the longer hair.

Size: The Shih Tzu weighs 4-6 lbs as Imperial and 7-22 lbs for standard. It has a large, domed skull, pronounced stop (depression where the muzzle meets the forehead), undershot bite, and short muzzle. Shih Tzu (the plural noun is the same as the singular) have a tail carried over the back and should have head and tail in correct proportion to the body.

Coat: The Shih Tzu has a long double coat similar in texture to a human’s hair. It can be a variety of colors including black, red, beige, and whitebut mostly parti colors. The Shih Tzu is distinguished from the Pekingese by the topknot, or ‘pienji’, on its head. Shih Tzu lose hair gradually as humans do rather than shedding in the standard sense.

Character: The Shih Tzu is an independent dog which is intelligent, dignified, lovable, affectionate, sociable, and cheerful. It is not as outgoing as most breeds. Shih Tzu seldom bark. James Mumford described the breed in American Shih Tzu magazine as ‘A dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man (Chinese), a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, a dash of teddy bear and the rest dogs of Tibetan and Chinese origin.’

Temperament: The Shih Tzu gets along well with other household pets and children. Though the Shih Tzu may bark frequently, it does not make a good watchdog.

Care: Shih Tzu with a long show coat require a lot of grooming; to prevent tangles, the coat must be combed everyday and professionally groomed every few months. A hair bow or clip is required to keep the hair out of the Shih Tzu’s eyes. Shih Tzu with a shorter ‘puppy coat’ can be trimmed much less frequently. Special eye drops should be applied to keep the eyes clean, ear passages should be cleaned regularly, nails should be clipped monthly, and the face should be wiped after eating. Water can enter the Shih Tzu’s snout easily, for which reason some Shih Tzu are taught to drink from a ‘licker’ like a hamster. The Shih Tzu has a lifespan of 11-14 years. Scratching in the absence of fleas may indicate an allergy to red dye number 40, a common food additive.

Training: The Shih Tzu’s somewhat obstinate nature makes consistency essential in the training process. Patience is important as housebreaking may be difficult. The Shih Tzu should be taught from puppyhood to relax during the grooming process as it will be a constant throughout the Shih Tzu’s life.

Activity: Shih Tzu require an ample amount of exercise for their small stature. They are happy with daily walks or romps in the yard. Shih Tzu cannot regulate their body temperature easily, which makes them highly prone to heat exposure; they should never be over exercised or left outside in hot weather. The Shih Tzu is well suited to apartment or condo life.


  1. I would like to come see any Shih Tzu’s you may have. Can you please call me at 904-588-6704. you come very highly recommended by Nicole Billups who bought Oscar from you. Thank you,
    Cathy Gunter

  2. Crickett Huff says:

    I am a Shih Tzu lover and have had 2…down to 1…lost my beloved Molly last January….but her sister is still waiting for a pal…and so am I. Greg Urmann suggested I contact you. My email is I looked forward to hearing if you have any puppies as we speak. I’m looking for a black and white….female….under 12 lbs. My two girls weighed between 7-10.

  3. Cyndi davis says:

    Looking for a female. Can u tell me where u a relocated and price of females. Ty

  4. I’m looking for a male. Do you have any available?

    • tlcpuppylovewm says:

      I only have one male left his name is Snowball his adult estimated weight is 8-9 lbs
      I will use my other email to send a few pictures.
      He is regular $1750 but since he has an inguinal hernia he will need surgery later so I discounted $750
      making him $999
      Stacy Collins

  5. Jaunice Wilson says:

    I was looking for a small puppy that doesn’t grown nd that comes with papers.

    • tlcpuppylovewm says:

      If you want really small I have two of the cutest male Shorkie T-cup with adult weight estimated 4.8lbs
      They are Sulu and Scotty

  6. Jeseca Gibson says:

    Hello, I am a shihtzu lover looking for another puppy. Are there any available?

    • tlcpuppylovewm says:

      I have one male still available that is ready on Christmas eve
      My sister is bringing me two males that are 7 weeks old.
      Stacy Collins

  7. I was looking at your sweet little jackpot. But I see that you have sold her. When I was looking on your site earlier she was available would you please let me know if she is available or has been sold thank you very much

    • tlcpuppylovewm says:

      Yes she is sold but I do have a new litter of Imperial Shih Tzu I will be taking pics this week.
      One female 3 males. I will send pics of the female when I take them.
      Stacy Collins

  8. Loretta Bowman says:

    We are interested in a female puppy, preferably black. Do you have any available?

  9. Nancy Berry says:

    What are the prices of your dog breeds.

    • I have one Imperial Female Shih Tzu. She has a small umbilical hernia so we discounted her from $1750 to $1500
      Her name is Miracle and she is gorgeous
      Stacy Collins

  10. Kimberly Koch says:

    Do you have any retired breeders or seniors? I don’t want a puppy. I want an older dog. I prefer senior dogs to puppies.

  11. So you have any white shih tzu puppies Male and female?

    • We do not have any pure Shih Tzu at this time but are expecting a litter in less than 2 months if the mom is truly pregnant.

  12. Felicia says:

    Hey there. It has been 3 years since our beloved Precious (pure bred Shih Tzu) passed away. I would love to surprise my children with a new Shih Tzu puppy to love and care for. It’s time. Please contact me with information about your puppies. Thanks. 🙂

  13. Jasmine Galvez says:


    My husband and Iost our Shitzu Sasha back in January and are looking to get another Shitzu baby to take care of.

    Do you forsee having any coming in the next couple of months?

  14. Ines santos says:

    Hello I would like to know if you have any Shih Tzu ’ s Available thank you

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