What Does a Shitzu Puppy Look Like?

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Shih tzu puppies grow hair quickly.
Shih tzu puppies grow hair quickly. (Image: shih tzu dans la neige image by Jeff LEONARD from Fotolia.com)

The shih tzu (also known as shitzu), originally bred in China and Tibet, is the 10th most popular breed in America, according the American Kennel Club. Some puppies wind up as strays or at shelters without papers.

Size

Shih tzu puppies are far smaller than puppies of many other breeds. Even when full grown, they only weigh an average of 9 to 16 pounds, and are under 12 inches tall at the top of the shoulder.

Color

According to "Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds" by D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., shih tzu puppies can come in virtually any color or combination of colors.

Face

Shih tzu puppies have a flattened face similar to a Pekingese--with large eyes, a round forehead and a muzzle shorter than many other kinds of dog breeds.

Coat

According to the Shih Tzu Club, shih tzu puppies do not get long, tangled coats until they are about 7 to 8 months old. The straight hair feels soft and dense.

Fun Fact

Shih tzus, even as puppies, tend to be longer than they are tall, according to the "Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds."

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