Weight: 15–20 pounds
The Shih Apso, also known as a Lhasa Tzu, is a cross between the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso breeds. It is a small breed. They have a somewhat long body with short legs and a short tail. The Shih Apso’s nose is typically a medium length; somewhere between the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu, but the overall facial features are usually a bit flat. The breed also tends to have, like its parents the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu, abundant hair on its face. The head of the Shih Apso is usually small with ears that are floppy. The Shih Apso’s coat is long, commonly silky to the touch but can sometimes be coarse, and often wavy or straight. Common coat colors consist of white, tan, gray, fawn, and black.
The Shih Apso is an intelligent, energetic, and playful breed and bonds closely with its family. Its small size also makes it a good lap dog. The Shih Apso can be protective of its owner and, like every dog breed, should be socialized beginning at a young age.
The Shih Apso has low to moderate shedding and will benefit from daily brushing to keep its coat silky and without tangles or matting. Monthly bathing and regular nail trimming is also recommended.
Due to its small size, the Shih Apso is a good lapdog who enjoys spending time with their owners. However, they will benefit from a short walk once a day, or alternately, a short game of fetch indoors. Its size also makes it a good apartment dog and an ideal companion dog for older people because it requires less exercise than other breeds.
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)