HOW TO IDENTIFY A SHIH TZU!

IN GENERAL

Size
Usually the Lhasa Apso is larger than the Shih Tzu, but there are small Lhasas Apso and large Shih Tzu.

Color and Markings
Color and markings are very similar but solid color is usually more indicative of a Lhasa Apso.

Head
The Lhasa Apso has a terrier head which is much different from the Shih Tzu. The top is flatter where a Shih Tzu should have a domed head. The ear placement is lower on the Lhasa Apso.

Eyes
The eyes have a different shape, the Shih Tzu being much rounder and should be larger and the Lhasa Apso being more almond shaped.

Nose
The nose of the Shih Tzu should be even with the lower rim of the eyes. That is the top of the nose. The Lhasa Apso has a more down nose and it is longer than the Shih Tzu but in a poorly bred Shih Tzu that could be down also.

Body Length
The Lhasa Apso is generally longer than the Shih Tzu.

The links below will take you to a detailed site that contains specific details and drawings.

How to Identify a Shih Tzu.

How to Identify a Lhasa Apso

How to Identify a Lhasa Apso - Part 2


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