Starting Out

If you are thinking about showing your shih tzu you must realise that breeders cannot guarantee that the puppy you purchase will be of show quality. Nobody knows at this age,assuming that you take your puppy home at 8 weeks old that something may go wrong, maybe he will be too tall, too short or may have crooked teeth.

If however you have done your homework and researched the breed and the breeder then you will stand a very good chance and have a good start for your new hobby.

Breed Standard

Every dog that is registered with the Kennel Club has a breed standard in the UK and this is what a judge will look for when showing your dog.

A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring.

General Appearance

Sturdy, abundantly but not excessively coated dog with distinctly arrogant carriage and 'chrysanthemum-like' face.

  • Characteristics Intelligent, active and alert.
  • Temperament Friendly and independent.
  • Head and Skull Head broad, round, wide between eyes. Shock-headed with good beard and whiskers, hair growing upwards on the muzzle giving a distinctly 'chrysanthemum-like' effect. Not affecting the dog's ability to see. Muzzle of ample width, square, short, not wrinkled; flat and hairy. Nose black but dark liver in liver or liver marked dogs and about one inch from tip to definite stop. Nose level or slightly tip-tilted. Top of nose leather should be on a line with or slightly below lower eye rim. Wide-open nostrils. Down-pointed nose highly undesirable, as are pinched nostrils. Pigmentation of muzzle as unbroken as possible.
  • Eyes Large, dark, round, placed well apart but not prominent. Warm expression. In liver or liver-marked dogs, lighter eye colour permissible. No white of eye showing.
  • Ears Large, with long leathers, carried drooping. Set slightly below crown of skull, so heavily coated they appear to blend into hair of neck.
  • Mouth Wide, slightly undershot or level. Lips level.
  • Neck Well proportioned, nicely arched. Sufficient length to carry head proudly.
  • Forequarters Shoulders well laid back. Legs short and muscular with ample bone, as straight as possible, consistent with broad chest being well let down.
  • Body Longer between withers and root of tail than height of withers, well coupled and sturdy, chest broad and deep, shoulders firm, back level.
  • Hindquarters Legs short and muscular with ample bone. Straight when viewed from the rear. Thighs well rounded and muscular.
  • Feet Rounded, firm and well padded. Well covered with hair.
  • Tail Heavily plumed, carried gaily well over back. Set on high. Height approximately level with that of skull to give a balanced outline.
  • Gait/Movement Arrogant, smooth-flowing, front legs reaching well forward, strong rear action and showing full pad.
  • Coat Outer coat long, dense, not curly, with moderate undercoat, not woolly. Slight wave permitted. Hair not affecting the dog's ability to see. Length of coat should not restrict movement.
  • Colour All colours permissible, white blaze on forehead and white tip to tail highly desirable in parti-colours.
  • Size Height at withers not more than 27 cms (101/2 ins), type and breed characteristics of the utmost importance and on no account to be sacrificed to size alone. Weight: 4.5-8 kgs (10-18 lbs). Ideal weight 4.5-7.5 kgs (10-16 lbs).

If you decide to go ahead and show your dog please be very careful and buy from a reputable Assured Breeder. If you would like more information about our up-coming litters and availability, please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat


Grooming is an important part of Shih Tzu puppy care.

Daily brushing will keep your puppy’s coat healthy and free of matting.  If the coat is kept long, the shed hairs will get caught in the coat and will come out primarily when the puppy is brushed, while a coat that is clipped short requires less brushing but will allow more shedding.  It is important to get your Shih Tzu used to grooming as it will be required on a regular basis, not just as part of your puppy care.

If the coat is kept long, Shih Tzu puppy care should also involve keeping the hair out of your puppy’s eyes, either by tying the hair into a topknot or by trimming.  Regularly cleaning around your puppy’s eyes with a damp paper towel or a clean cloth to remove secretions and prevent stains is also recommended as part of your Shih Tzu puppy care.

Always use a soft brush to start with (I use all systems soft brush) and brush straight after washing and conditioning (I use a infusion 23 conditioner) and brush when dry. Please take care around the face area, particularly the eyes. I use a soft toothbrush around the eye area.

Bentley receives his first CC

Bentley receives his first CC....Bentley aka santosha ladykiller at honeyshuchon has just earned his first CC at Darlington Champ Show on 12th september, judged under Mr D S lley...Following this, we are also pleased to announce in addition to this, Bentley has gained reserve CC and another class win at Driffield Champ Show on Sunday the 21st of September at under judge Dorothea Howland.

Judges Critique for Bentleys reserve CC

East of England Champion Show

Santosha Ladykiller aka "bentley" earned a 2nd in puppy dog class & Honeyshuchon Daddys Girl also placed earned a 4th. We are very proud here at honeyshuchon. x

Crufts Qualification

Santosha ladykiller aka "Bentley" earned 1st place at Northern Counties Shih tzu Club Championship Show on 5th april 2014 which was Judged by Glenda Gikes. This qualifies Bentley for Crufts 2015. Honeyshuchon daddys girl aka "Treacle" gained 3rd place and also qualifies for Crufts 2015.

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