Shih Tzu: They were primarily bred as companion dogs for Chinese nobility and had a regal demeanor. Yorkie: Originally bred as rat catchers in mines, they are now popular as elegant and energetic companions.
Size Shih Tzus are generally larger than Yorkies. While Yorkies typically weigh around seven pounds, Shih Tzus can weigh anywhere from 9-16 pounds.
Trainability Shih Tzus can sometimes be a bit stubborn and may require more patience and consistency during training. Yorkies, on the other hand, are quick learners and can quickly pick up new commands and tricks.
Exercise Needs Shih Tzus are relatively low-energy dogs and do well with moderate exercise. Despite their small size, Yorkies are quite active dogs. They require daily exercise to expend their energy and prevent behavioral issues.
Due to their long, flowing coats, Shih Tzus require regular and meticulous grooming. Yorkies also have a long coat that requires regular grooming to keep it in good condition.