Shih Tzus

With its regal looks and affectionate temperament, the Shih Tzu is one of the most lovable dogs on the block. Find out if this companion dog is right for you!  

It probably comes as no surprise that Shih Tzu dogs were once the pets of Chinese Royalty. They’re even said to be the oldest of the Tibetan holy dogs and close friends of the Buddha. With their long flowing coats, they look the royal part for sure! 

But these pups are way more than just their glamorous looks. Did you know Shih Tzu means “lion”? They may be tiny, but these pooches are sturdy, brave dogs with large personalities! What’s their best trait? Shih Tzus are the ultimate love bugs. Originally bred as companion dogs, the Shih Tzu breed is famous for their easy temperament, trusting nature, and doting personality.    

Why We Love the Shih Tzu breed

  • Shih Tzu dogs are very adaptable, so they’ll be happy in your apartment or in your home!
  • That beautiful double coat makes for one gorgeous pup! It’s one of the Shih Tzu breed’s most distinguishable characteristics.
  • Shih Tzus love to be around people! They are the ultimate companion dogs.  
  • These pooches don’t just love to cuddle—they love to play, too! Try a game of fetch during the day, and then curl up on the couch with your Shih Tzu in the evening.

Things to Consider

  • Shih Tzus need all of their humans to be pack leaders to help them with their “Small Dog Syndrome”. House rules should be clear and consistent, and your pooch needs to know their place in the home. Shih Tzus that are too spoiled tend to take over.
  • You know that gorgeous coat doesn’t come without hard work! With a Shih Tzu dog, you’re looking at daily brushing and frequent grooming, too.
  • Your pooch might love to snuggle, but daily walks are still a must. 

Why Rescue? 

Shih Tzu dogs are friendly, loving, and adorable. It’s no surprise that they’re incredibly popular in the United States. Sadly, this makes Shih Tzus victims of overbreeding, which can worsen health issues in the breed like respiratory troubles (due to their flat faces), early tooth loss, and renal dysplasia. Help these precious pups avoid this horrible fate. If you’re thinking about adopting a Shih Tzu dog, open your home to a Shih Tzu rescue instead! 

Shih Tzu Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Shih Tzu puppy or an older Shih Tzu pal, there are tons of rescues that need good homes. Here are just a few:

Bright, curious & playful
Avg. Weight
10 - 16 lbs
Avg. Life Span
10 - 16 years
Shih Tzus near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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