The Shih Tzu is a confident- and sturdy-looking pooch. It weighs between 9 and 16 pounds and stands 20 to 28 centimetres at the withers. It has a broad and round head with large dark eyes and big ears. It is known for its beautiful beard and whiskers. The hair on its muzzle grows upwards, which gives it is chrysanthemum-like face.
The breed is distinctively known for its long and silky coat that comes in various colours and colour combinations. It usually comes in black, black and white, gold and white, brown and white, liver and white, and red and white. Merle is considered highly undesirable. Its fine and soft coat is considered hypoallergenic. However, maintaining its gorgeous locks takes a lot of work. Owners need to brush its hair, which should be done in sections, a few times per day to avoid tangles. Bathing should also be done at least once a week. It is advisable to take it to a professional groomer that knows how to handle its hair needs. Should you decide to clip it short for easy maintenance, it should be done very six to eight weeks.
The Shih Tzu’s silky coat locks may require full attention but its nails, ears and other parts also need a little dedication. Its nails should be trimmed regularly, ears checked weekly for dirt or signs of infection and teeth should be brushed at least twice or three times a week.