How to identify a purebred, Shih Tzu?

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When considering adding a Shih Tzu puppy to your family, it’s essential to ensure you’re getting a purebred from a reputable breeder. This video provides valuable tips on how to identify a purebred Shih Tzu puppy.

Key Characteristics of a Purebred Shih Tzu

  1. Distinctive Appearance:
    • Coat: Long, flowing coat in various colors including white, black, brown, and gold.
    • Head and Snout: Round head with a short snout.
    • Eyes: Large, round eyes.
    • Stop: Well-defined stop (transition point between forehead and nose).
    • Ears: Large, rounded ears.
    • Tail: Curled over the back.
  2. Size and Weight:
    • Small Breed: Weighs between 9 to 16 pounds and stands 8 to 11 inches tall.
    • Proportions: Well-proportioned body, neither too thin nor overweight.

Tips for Finding a Purebred Shih Tzu

  • Reputable Breeder: Choose a breeder who can provide pedigree papers, showing the puppy’s lineage and any certifications of the parents.
  • Visit Breeder’s Facility: A good breeder maintains clean and well-cared-for facilities. Observing the environment where the puppies are raised is crucial.
  • Health and Care: Assess the health and care given to the puppies and their living conditions.


Getting a purebred Shih Tzu puppy is a significant emotional and financial investment. Conduct thorough research and find a reputable breeder to ensure you bring home a healthy, purebred Shih Tzu puppy.

For more information and advice on Shih Tzus, watch the full video below.


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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