Shih Tzu vs Pekingese

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 18 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Very Low

Best For

Shih Tzus are best for apartment dwellers, single people or families with older children. They're happier when someone is able to be home with them for most of the day.

Shih Tzu Temperament

Small in size but big on personality, the Shih Tzu is adored by everyone they meet. An agile and adaptable pet, your pint-sized pooch will love cuddling with you on the couch in front of the TV, but they’re equally happy trotting by your side in the park. A fu...

Small in size but big on personality, the Shih Tzu is adored by everyone they meet. An agile and adaptable pet, your pint-sized pooch will love cuddling with you on the couch in front of the TV, but they’re equally happy trotting by your side in the park.

A fun-loving breed, Shih Tzus enjoy playing with older children, who understand how to play gently with a small dog, and other four-legged pets as long as proper introductions have been made (they are descended from royalty after all). They aren’t known for biting, but they may bite if pushed too far in rough play. Be sure to supervise your Shih Tzu puppy around young children who may mistake this adorable pup for their favorite stuffy.

With their ability to assess situations much faster than other small breeds, the Shih Tzu is so much more than a pretty face. They make excellent watchdogs; they are always on alert for someone approaching your home and will let you know they’re coming. Even though they may exhibit a stubborn streak and require extra patience when training, they are worth the effort. Their loyalty and calm manner in all types of situations serve them in good stead as emotional support animals when their small size is not an issue.

Shih Tzu Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

High

Best For

Pekingese are best for experienced pet parents and those living in apartments. These pups prefer a quiet, low-key lifestyle and may be the perfect match for retirees.

Pekingese Temperament

Pekingese bond very strongly with their families, but they’re less impressed with strangers. As a natural and observant watchdog, one of their qualities includes keeping a close eye on their surroundings. They will bark to let you know if anyone is approaching their kingdom, which they’ll often tak...

Pekingese bond very strongly with their families, but they’re less impressed with strangers. As a natural and observant watchdog, one of their qualities includes keeping a close eye on their surroundings. They will bark to let you know if anyone is approaching their kingdom, which they’ll often take to include the whole neighborhood!

They’re certainly not an aggressive breed, but they’re not afraid to let people and other dogs know if they’ve overstepped the mark. They can live in a house with kids and babies but won’t necessarily want to play with them. It’s not that they don’t like kids; they just don’t know what to do with them. Pekes are not as playful as some other dog breeds, like the Labrador Retriever, and they’d rather chill with you on the couch. If you do have kids around, make sure they know how to interact with a dog in a gentle and appropriate manner. A Pekingese may nip if their patience is tested too often. They can also live with other pets, although they may not be tolerant of a playful kitten or bouncy puppy as they get older. Because of this, it’s important to start socializing your puppy early, so they get used to being around kids and other animals.

Pekes are incredibly charming, and they know how to use that to their advantage. They also have a huge amount of boldness and self-esteem—traits that stem from centuries of being revered by royalty. This, combined with their small size, means it can be tempting to slack off on training, but Pekes need an experienced pet parent who understands the need for consistency so they don’t fall into bad habits, like deciding potty training isn’t important. Just because they can be more challenging to train than other breeds doesn’t mean these dogs aren’t intelligent. On the contrary, they’re smart enough to train their humans—so watch out!

This breed adores spending time with their pet parents but will also happily spend a few hours on their own indoors. They can sometimes bond with one member of the family more than everyone else, and while they will be affectionate with all their family, their true devotion will be reserved for their chosen person.

Pekingese Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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