Silky Tzu

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Silky Tzu History

The Silky Tzu, also known as a Shih Tzu and as simply a Tzu, is a breed of small, non-sporting dogs of the Bichon family of dogs. The Shih Tzu is a toy or lapdog. The name comes from the Chinese term tzu, meaning ‘little lion’. The coat is silky in texture, and comes in many colors, including black, brown, cream, red, and apricot. The ancestor of the standard-sized Shih tzus was the Tibetan Spaniel, which was first seen in Europe around 1890 and was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1903. A smaller variety called the “Teddy Bear” was recognized by FCI in 1975. A variety of hairless cats, believed to be descended from the ancient Egyptian cat, were imported into Japan from China in 1920. Hairless (Xu) tzus were the result of these imports.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Silky Tzu Physical Characteristics

The Silky Tzu is a small, medium- sized breed of dog that can be silver-gray in color or black. Their head is large, round, and flat and their muzzle is longer than it is wide. Their eyes may be blue, gray, or amber and they have a small, triangular nose. Their ears are long and folded, and their neck is short and straight. Their legs are short and sturdy, and they have thick, soft fur. The Silky Tzu has a double coat of hair that is wiry. They are intelligent, mischievous dogs that like to play.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Red, White, Black, Brown, Cream, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 6 – 8 inches

Female Height Range: 5 – 7 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 8 – 13 lbs

Female Weight Range: 7 – 12 lbs

Silky Tzu Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Silky Tzu Health Concerns

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Spongiform Leukodystrophy, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Otitis Externa, Patellar Luxation, Urolithiasis, Tracheal Collapse

Silky Tzu Temperament and Behaviour

The Silky Tzu is a gentle, loving, and affectionate companion. They are gentle and trusting towards people, and get along well with children and other pets, even though they can be shy with new people. They require frequent grooming, and are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

Silky Tzu Activity Requirements

The Silky Tzu is a small, fluffy dog that is known for its gentle, cuddly nature. While they do not require a great deal of exercise, this does not mean they don’t need any. Daily walks are an excellent way to provide your Silky Tzu with the necessary exercise and mental stimulation. While short walks are fine, try to avoid walking your Silky Tzu on too hot of days. Avoid walking on pavement, as this can be hard on their delicate paws. While your Silky Tzu may get along well with other dogs, they should always be supervised when they are walked. Due to their small size, they can easily become injured if they are left unsupervised.

Miles Per Day

4 miles

Activity Per Day

40 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Silky Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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