Dog & Puppy Finder

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Your home Select the size of your home. This will affect the type of dog we advise - some need more space than others to keep them happy!

Your garden Select the size of your garden. This will affect the type of dog we advise - some need more space than others to keep them happy and healthy! Note - pedigree do not advise keeping a dog if you don't have an outside space for them to walk and play.

Your area Select the type of area you live in. Your area will affect how often you can walk your dog and should dictate the type and temprement of dog you choose

Daily Exercise Time (mins) Select how long you will be able to dedicate each day to walking your new dog or puppy. Different breeds require different amounts of exercise to keep them healthy

Owned a dog before? Tell us if you have owned a dog before. Some dogs require more knowledge and experience than others.

Will under 16s walk the dog? Tell us if you have children under 16 in the household who might walk the dog often. This will affect the size of breed and temprement we recommend, as its important children can enjoy spending time with dog safely.

About your ideal dog

Size What size would your ideal dog be? If you don't mind then tick all options

Coat Length Which coat length would your idea dog have? Remember longer hair will require more frequent grooming and may trigger allergies. If you don't mind then tick all options

Shih Tzu

The breed's origins are shrouded in mystery, but it is known that these little dogs were raised in palaces by eunuchs for the pleasure of the nobility. Here they sat on satin pillows and had beautiful marble courtyards to run in. Distant relatives of the Shih Tzu are the Pekingese and Tibetan-type dogs.

Overview

Average lifespan

Shih Tzus live from between 12 to 16 years of age. 

Average size and weight

27.7cm
4.5kg to 8.1kg
Shih Tzu

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament

Every dog has a reason for being: the Shih Tzu's is strictly to give love. They don't hunt, pull, track or attack - they just love to be with you. Although they may bark to let you know someone is at the door, they soon befriend any visitors once they realise they are friend, not foe. 

Compatibility with other pets

Excellent.

Care requirements

Shih Tzus are house dogs and love access to a securely fenced garden. However, if you live in a flat or unit, they are content to be walked daily on a lead. These dogs will give you a lot of love, which must of course be returned. A weekly bath to keep your dog's coat and skin clean needs to be followed by a blow dry to ensure that it doesn't catch cold. 

Although Shih Tzus love children, these dogs do require adult care and supervision.
Shih Tzu

Decision time

Shih Tzu
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