Shih Tzu Dogs & Puppies for Sale

The Shih Tzu is an Asian toy dog breed from Tibet. This tiny pup's name translates to little lion, but these loving pups don't have a fierce bone in their bodies. The Shih Tzu is an ancient dog breed that was the favourite dog among Chinese royals for many years. They first came to Europe in 1930 and received registration from the UK Kennel Club in 1940.

Shih Tzu pups are famed for their long, luscious coats, petite bodies and lively but affectionate nature. They are happy, confident, playful, and courageous yet boast a charming and lovable temperament, making them wonderful lap dogs. 

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Meet the Shih Tzu

This toy breed weighs between 9 to 16 pounds and stands 9 to 10 inches tall. They have small but study frames, covered by a long, silky double coat that makes them appear heavier. They have small muzzles, large dark brown eyes, and very noticeable underbites. In addition, they have floppy ears covered in long hair and equally furry tails that they carry curled over their backs.

Amazingly, Shih Tzus can come in 14 different colours and three different patterns. However, the most common colours are black and white, grey and white, and red and white. In addition, many will sport a small white mark on their foreheads, known as the "Star of Buddha."

The Shih Tzu's luxurious coat can be so long that it drapes along the floor. They need brushing daily to prevent tangles and regular trims at the groomers as their hair grows fast. Some Shih Tzu owners opt to cut their coats short, but they still require regular brushing in this case. They can also have a "teddy bear cut" that makes their face appear fuller and rounder, resembling an adorable stuffed teddy.

Shih Tzus have a decent lifespan of 10 to 16 years, but they can have some hereditary conditions. For example, the structure of their head results in the skull malformation brachycephaly, and they can be susceptible to skin sensitivities due to their short noses. Ear and eye problems are also prevalent with this breed. However, the likelihood of health issues is always significantly reduced when buying from a reputable breeder.

The temperament of a Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus may be small, but they are full of life. These fun-loving, energetic pups are a joy to have in the home. They adore attention and cuddles, making them fantastic lap dogs. What's great about these canines is that they were ​​solely bred as companion animals, so they do not have any hunting, herding, or guarding instincts.

Shih Tzus are incredibly loving to their owners and particularly charming and docile with children. Being royal favourites, they can act like royalty themselves, wanting their owners to carry them around everywhere. However, they are not super needy and have an independent and courageous side. They may initially bark when they meet new people, but these stranger-friendly pooches will quickly make friends with your guests.

Of course, the Shih Tzu is not perfect, though. These dogs have a weird tendency to eat their faeces or other animals poop, so this is something to be aware of if you have other pets. What's more, as a brachycephalic breed, they are prone to snorting and snoring, so you'll have to get used to their noises if you choose to share your bed with them.

10 reasons to add a Shih Tzu to your family

  1. They are gorgeous - Shih Tzus boast one of the most beautiful coats in the canine world, and their always sleeky hair makes every woman jealous.
  2. They are specifically bred to be companions - Unlike many breeds, Shih Tzus don't have a working background, so they instantly fit into family life.
  3. They are a bundle of joy - Life with a Shih Tzu is always full of laughs. These lively, playful pups will keep you entertained all day long.
  4. They love to cuddle - This breed doesn't just look cuddly; they will never say no to snuggles with their owners.
  5. They adore children - Shi Tzus are incredibly gentle and docile around children, making them fantastic family pets.
  6. They are easygoing - The Shih Tzu loves to be around their owners, but they will adapt to whatever you're doing. So if you're busy, they will be content to lie by your feet and won't hassle you for attention.
  7. They don't need much exercise - You won't need to take them out for long walks or spend hours playing fetch. This breed only requires short bursts of interactive play and plenty of toys to keep them happy.
  8. They are indoor pets - Shih Tzus don't need much time outdoors, nor do they take up space. So, if you don't have a garden or a huge house, no worries!
  9. Their coats come in many colours - With 14 shades to choose from, you can find a Shih Tzu in your favourite tone.
  10. Royals loved them - The Shih Tzu's elegant nature most likely comes from their regal history, sitting on the laps of kings and queens.

Best homes for a Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus make ideal pets for first-time dog owners as they are generally well-behaved and easy to handle. They are also great for anyone living in an apartment and older adults who do not have the energy for a larger dog. These pups are usually accepting and friendly with other dogs. Some like cats, and others don't, which is down to their individual personalities.

Shih Tzu dogs love being around children, so there is no risk to them. However, they may be at risk of accidental harm if kids don't know how to handle them gently and respectfully. So, if you decide to bring a Shih Tzu into a home with small children, do not leave them unattended. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Shih Tzu Puppies

Why should I choose a Shih Tzu from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
All The Pedigree Paws breeders are licensed and experienced and operate in Britain or Europe. We carry out numerous assessments and procedures before allowing breeders to advertise on our site. So, choosing a Shih Tzu puppy through The Pedigree Paws eliminates the stress and nuisance of looking for an ethical breeder yourself. Our Shih Tzu puppies grow up in the breeder’s home, never a commercial breeding facility or puppy farm. They stay with their mother and receive plenty of love, socialisation and any medical care needed. As a result, they grow into fully healthy and happy pets.
Is a Shih Tzu the right puppy for me?
If you’re looking for a small, loving and gorgeous house companion, then yes. Shih Tzus are small, adaptable and easy to handle dogs, suitable for people living in apartments and first-time dog owners. They don’t need much outdoor activity, but they do like to be indoors with their owners, so they will do best with someone who is home often. They also make an ideal addition to homes with other small dogs.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
We know how tough it is to determine high-quality breeders from unethical ones. However, our many years of experience in the industry have enabled us to be able to spot red flags instantly. Thus, we use our expertise to create a platform where the most reputable breeders passionate about Shih Tzu pups can share their offspring with puppy lovers.
Are Shih Tzu puppies from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Shih Tzu dogs can and often do live long and healthy lives. Unfortunately, however, some genetic conditions are associated with this brachycephalic breed. Luckily though, buying from a trusted and honourable pet agency like ours will significantly minimise the likelihood of your Shih Tzu having any medical problems. Health is always our principal focus. We require breeders to prove their offspring are healthy before listing them on the platform. They have to follow various processes, like running DNA tests on the puppy’s parents and providing vet reports for each puppy.
When can I receive my Shih Tzu puppy?
At The Pedigree Paws, we are strict about keeping their puppies with their mothers until they reach eight weeks old age at a minimum. They need this time to grow appropriately physically, mentally and emotionally. Some puppies will stay with their mums until 12 weeks old, and the exact duration depends on each puppy. It’s essential that you do not take a puppy home before eight weeks old. Puppies that leave their mum before this age have a much higher probability of developing health and behavioural issues.
Can I see the parents of my Shih Tzu puppy?
Yes, we advise our customers to see their Shih Tzu before committing to the sale, especially if it’s your first time buying a puppy. Of course, you may live too far to meet your puppy in person, but you can arrange a video call with the breeder instead. Video calls allow you to see the condition and temperament of your new puppy and one or both of its parents, too.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Shih Tzu puppy?
One common sign that a breeder is operating unethically is if they refuse to provide proof of a puppy’s pedigree status. Luckily, you won’t have this concern at The Pedigree Paws, as all our puppies come with official registration records straight from an authorised pedigree association. The breeder will register your Shih Tzu with an internationally recognised breeding society in their country. You will then receive the documents along with your fluffy new friend.
Do your Shih Tzu puppies come from good breeders?
In all our operations, our focus is on assuring the health and welfare of our animals. For example, we carefully select our Shih Tzu breeders using an extensive application procedure and carry out various checks. Plus, aside from our company policies, our breeders must demonstrate their operations meet the guidelines set by leading international pedigree societies.
Are these Shih Tzu puppies raised in a family home or breeding facility?
We only sell Shih Tzu puppies that grow up in the breeder’s home with the mother dog and siblings. This is the safest and healthiest environment for baby animals as they are far less likely to catch diseases or infections here than at a commercial facility. Plus, they wean at a natural rate and get plenty of early socialisation in a family home. This helps to mould them into confident, loving and friendly companions, making the transition to their forever home effortless. The thorough procedures we follow at The Pedigree Paws ensure we do not associate with puppy mills. We strongly urge all potential puppy owners never to consider buying from commercial facilities like these. At puppy farms, the babies leave their mums far too early and stay in dirty, inhumane conditions, making them susceptible to disease and infections.
How can I help my Shih Tzu settle into its new home?
Shih Tzu puppies are naturally confident and friendly towards people, so there is a good chance they will settle into their forever home instantly. However, as puppies all have different personalities, there is no guarantee this will be the case. For that reason, we suggest you create a calming environment for their arrival. This includes placing a cosy bed in a room away from noises and household activity. A quiet, safe spot will allow your new pup to settle down if they are anxious. If they are scared, let them explore at their own pace and wait for them to come to you.