All available puppies pictured below are here in Oxford, Massachusetts
Shih Tzu's are wonderful companion dogs. They are friendly and lively devoted family dogs. Their small size makes them great for those living in apartments or condos where they can get most of their exercise indoors but, daily walks outside are always recommended. Because of their small size, Shih Tzu's aren't recommended for families with small children due to the risk of accidental injury to the small dog. They can be difficult to house break and crate training is recommended.
The Shih-Tzu's coat is long and silky and can range from white, black and white, grey and white to red and white. This breed is hypoallergenic (non-shedding) making it great for those with allergies. If kept in a long coat, daily brushing is required to keep the coat silky and tangle/mat free. Frequent bathing is also recommended. If you choose to get the dogs hair cut shorter or shaved, grooming needs are much less but, still plan for grooming every six to eight weeks.
Shih Tzu's have an average life span of 10 to 16 years. They stand 9-10 inches tall and are 9-16lbs as an adult.
Here are some suggestions to similar breeds: For a hypoallergenic pup similar in size and temperament: Bichon Frise For a hypoallergenic pup similar in temperament but smaller: Maltese For a pup similar in size and temperament: Lhasa Apso, Pekingese For a hypoallergenic mixed pup similar in size and temperament: Zuchon, Cava-tzu, Cavatese, Malshi
Laughlin Kennel is a dog breeder & Kennel located in Oxford, Massachusetts, near Connecticut, Rhode Island and all of New England, including Worcester, Providence, Boston, Springfield and Hartford. AKC, APRI, ACA, UAB and other registries. We have available puppies bred here and also pups from other breeders.
Whether you considered this a purchase or an adoption, bringing a puppy home is a wonderful joy. And yet adopting a new member into your family is a life changing event, so call or e-mail us if you have any questions.