Identifying the 8 Types of Shih Tzu

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘8 Different Types of Shih Tzu and How You can Identify Them?’ by Animal Guide

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Eight types of Shih Tzus with unique characteristics, including size, color, and temperament, exist, some with blue eyes, and they may have changing eye and coat colors over time, and may be prone to specific health risks.

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  • There are eight types of Shih Tzus: American, Imperial, European, Blue-Eyed, Teacup, Brown, Brindle, and Black.
  • American Shih Tzus are intelligent, loving, and great for families.
  • Imperial Shih Tzus are the smallest type, known for being loving and affectionate.
  • European Shih Tzus are playful, energetic, and make great companions and family pets.
  • Blue-Eyed Shih Tzus have blue eyes, which is rare, and they are loving and affectionate.
  • Teacup Shih Tzus are extremely small and delicate, requiring special care and attention.
  • Brown Shih Tzus have medium-length brown fur and are friendly and outgoing.
  • Brindle Shih Tzus have a mix of brown and black fur, are independent, and make good watchdogs.
  • Black Shih Tzus have long black fur, are loyal, and can be protective.
  • The color of a Shih Tzu's eyes and coat may change over time.
  • Some Shih Tzus may be prone to certain risks or health issues based on their type.

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Shih Tzus have existed for quite a long time, compared to other breeds. During that time, it eventually branched into different types. Now, there are eight types that you should know. These varieties have different characteristics that set them apart from each other.

If you plan on taking a Shih Tzu pup home, you may want to learn which type is best for you. Here is our in-depth take on each of the eight types of Shih Tzus to help you in understanding and choosing.

Number one, American Shih Tzu. This is a purebred type of Shih Tzu, and the AKC recognized this in 1969. American Shih Tzu is obviously very different from its European counterparts. Visually, this is due to other body volumes. The American Shih Tzu is a small, lovable dog that is great for families. They are known for their long, silky fur and big, expressive eyes.

American Shih Tzus are very intelligent and can be trained to do tricks and obey commands. They are also very affectionate and love to cuddle with their humans. We have two American Shih Tzus, and they are the best dogs we have ever had. They are so intelligent and loving, and we can’t imagine life without them. If you are looking for a new furry family member, consider the American Shih Tzu. You won’t be disappointed.

Number two, Imperial Shih Tzu. The Imperial type, or Toy Shih Tzu, is not recognized by any national kennel, nor is it a pedigree. However, it is usually sold as purebred by breeders. The Imperial Shih Tzu is the smallest type of Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzus are very loving and affectionate, and they love to be pampered. They make great lap dogs and love to snuggle with their humans. Imperial Shih Tzu will generally feel like a member of the family. Whenever I come home, she is the first to greet me at the door with a wagging tail. If you are looking for a loyal dog and loving companion, Imperial Shih Tzu is the perfect dog.

Number three, European Shih Tzu. The European Shih Tzu is also a pedigree, and the official approval in the UK Kennel Club happened in 1946. European Offshoot is popular in Europe, Australia, Russia, and even Canada. They are typically small in size, and they are known for being very playful and energetic. They make great companions and can be wonderful family pets. They have a very loving nature. They are always eager to please and quick to make friends. If you consider adding a European Shih Tzu to your family, I highly recommend it. They will bring so much joy into your life.

Number four, Blue-Eyed Shih Tzu. The Blue-Eyed Shih Tzu, from its name, has blue eyes, which is quite rare. Such a type usually happens when it lacks the color gene for black. The blue eyes result from a dilute pigmentation, giving the pup that unique color that sets it apart from its breed. Remember though, the color blue in the eyes has nothing to do with the coat. For this reason, it’s not a matter of the coat, but genes when it comes to having blue eyes. They have beautiful blue eyes that stand out against their dark fur. Blue-Eyed Shih Tzus are very loving and affectionate, and they make great family pets. They have such a caring nature. They love to greet you when you come home, and they are always happy to see you. If you plan on getting Blue-Eyed, you should understand that it’s prone to risks more than a regular pup. The standard color of a Shih Tzu’s eyes and the nose is a solid black. Thus, a lighter color like blue is a sign of a weak gene. Further, it is even a fault in the genes.

Number five, Teacup Shih Tzu. The Teacup Shih Tzu is undeniably one of the smallest of the small. Weighing in at less than 4 pounds and standing no taller than 10 inches at the shoulder, these pint-sized pups are far from your average dog. In fact, due to their tiny size and delicate nature, Teacup Shih Tzus require a great deal of special care and attention. Families with small children or other pets are often advised against taking on a Teacup Shih Tzu. They aren’t built to withstand the rougher play that comes with having kids or other animals around. No matter how well you may think you’re preparing your home for a Teacup Shih Tzu, there’s always an inherent risk of owning one of these fragile little dogs. But for those who are willing to take on the challenge, owning a Teacup Shih Tzu can be an enriching experience.

Number six, Brown Shih Tzu. Brown Shih Tzus are one of the most common colors of dog. They have medium-length brown fur that is soft and silky to the touch. Brown Shih Tzus are known for being very friendly and outgoing, and they make great companion dogs. I have always been a big fan of Brown Shih Tzus. They are always so happy and energetic, and they love to play. Their friendly nature makes them great companions for people of all ages. If you plan on getting a Brown Shih Tzu, don’t mistake it for a brown coat. This kind of pup comes with the color of the skin and not the coat itself. If you plan on getting this pup, don’t expect the color to remain the same. Even if your puppy has a solid brown coat, it may change as time passes. In most cases, the fur turns lighter in shade.

Number seven, Brindle Shih Tzu. They have a brindle coat, a mix of brown and black fur that is soft and silky to the touch. I have always been drawn to their unique coloring. Brindle Shih Tzus are very independent and strong-willed, and they make an excellent watchdog. They have been a wonderful companion, and I can attest to their independent streak. My dog loves to take himself on walks around the block, and he is always the first to bark at any strangers who come near our home. If you are considering adding a Brindle Shih Tzu to your family, you can be sure that you will be getting an intelligent, loyal, and loving pet.

Number eight, Black Shih Tzu. Black Shih Tzus are some of the most popular dogs. They have long black fur that is soft to the touch, and they are very loyal to their families. They make excellent guard dogs because they are so protective of their loved ones. Black Shih Tzus are frequently regarded as the best dog you have ever had. Thus, if you’re getting a black pup, you don’t need to worry if your pet changes color to a silver coat. One other thing about Black Shih Tzus is that prolonged exposure to the sun may affect its color. Such incidents usually happen during summer when the sun is at its strongest. If you plan on getting this pup and you prefer the black color, avoiding exposure to the sun is your best bet.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘8 Different Types of Shih Tzu and How You can Identify Them?’ by Animal Guide