No one can resist adorable Shih Tzu puppies! That is just a fact! Whether you just enjoy watching videos of them or actually own one, Shih Tzu’s cuteness and charm always win everyone’s hearts. They are great companions and lap dogs. If you are thinking of owning one, here are some useful facts that can help you understand their breed as a whole.

1Physical Characteristics

Shih Tzus are energetic snugly little dogs with a round head, black nose and plentiful beard and mustache. The hair on top of their nose grows upward and gives them a chrysanthemum face, which is a distinctive look among Shih Tzu puppies. They have a wide and round set of eyes that can be either dark or light colored.

Shih Tzus are categorized as a brachycephalic breed, which means that their muzzles are short, flat and smooth. Their large pendant ears are covered in hair and often blend into their body. Their tail is set high and curls over their back. A thick and long double layered coat that comes in all colors covers their entire body. Their coat can grow past their feet. They don’t shed a lot, making them suitable for people with light fur allergies.

Their average weight and height are usually around 9-16 pounds and 8-11 inches, respectively. Their length is slightly longer than their height but they are overall physically proportional.