How to identify a purebred Shih Tzu? (This video shows you how)

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Are you wondering how to identify a purebred Shih Tzu? In this video, we will discuss the key features and characteristics to look for when determining if a Shih Tzu is purebred or not.

First, let’s discuss the appearance. A purebred Shih Tzu has a distinctive appearance, with a round head, large, dark eyes, and a short, square muzzle. Their ears are pendant-shaped and covered with long, flowing hair. The breed’s luxurious double coat should be thick, abundant, and slightly wavy, without any bald spots. The coat can be any color, but commonly seen colors include gold, white, and black.

The tail of a purebred Shih Tzu should be heavily plumed and carried over the back. When it comes to size, a Shih Tzu should weigh between 9-16 pounds and stand about 9-10.5 inches tall at the withers.

Next, consider the temperament. Shih Tzus are known for their outgoing, affectionate, and friendly nature. They are typically good with children and other pets, making them ideal family companions. A purebred Shih Tzu should be confident and adaptable, with a well-balanced temperament.

Finally, checking pedigree and registration papers is the most reliable way to determine if your Shih Tzu is purebred. Make sure the papers are from a reputable breed registry like the American Kennel Club (AKC) or United Kennel Club (UKC).

Keep these tips in mind when identifying a purebred Shih Tzu, and remember that responsible breeding practices and ethical breeders are essential to maintaining the health and integrity of the breed.


I am the owner of Shihtzuadvice.com and the proud parent of two black and one gold Shih Tzu's. I belive that the Shih Tzu is the best all-around dog for anyone and want to share with you as much valuable knowledge as possible about this great breed!

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