Originating in China, the Shih Tzu is an ancient breed with a rich history. Also known as the Yorkshire Terrier, Yorkies hail from Yorkshire, England.
Shih Tzus are small, sturdy dogs with slightly longer bodies compared to their height. Yorkies are tiny dogs with square-shaped bodies and well-proportioned frames.
Shih Tzus are generally larger than Yorkies. While Yorkies typically weigh around seven pounds, Shih Tzus can weigh anywhere from 9-16 pounds.
Shih Tzu fur is denser than Yorkie fur, and they have a double coat that can be challenging to maintain. Yorkies, on the other hand, have silky fur that is easier to manage. However, both breeds require regular grooming to keep their coats healthy and tangling-free.
Shih Tzus are often seen in gold, white, and brown shades, while Yorkies are typically black and tan. However, both breeds can also come in other colors, including silver, blue, and red.