The Shih Tzu (Pinyin Chinese: Shizi Gou) is a breed of dog available in Nintendogs and its 3DS sequel.

Description and Temperament

DS: "This exotic breed originates from Tibet and was favored by the Chinese royalty for its refined posture."

3DS: "This breed from Tibet is known for its beautiful coat, lovable round face and curled tail."

The Shih Tzu is an ancient breed originating in Tibet. They were created by crossing the Lhasa Apso with the Pekignese. They were bred to be beautiful, and their stunning coat comes in a wide variety of colour combinations. Their hair continues to grow like a human's throughout the life of a dog. Shih Tzus are considered to be one of the hardest breeds to train. They have a famous stubborn streak, and it can take many repetions for them to fully remember a command. Dog experience is definitely a requirement with this breed.

Not many Shih Tzu are seen in popular cultures. The breed made an appearance in the dog show spoof film Best In Show, but aside from real-life show champions there haven't been many Shih-superstars.

Unlocking the Breed

Nintendogs + Cats

In Nintendogs + Cats, the Shih Tzu comes in Parti-Color and Brindle. If the player chooses "Surprise me!", they may find a pure white, grey or brown one.


Three of your neighbors own Shih Tzus. They are


  • Charlie, owned by Meghan.
  • Casey, owned by Morgan. Casey is mean, so the "[dog's name] doesn't seem to like Casey very much" message will usually appear when met on walks.


  • Tucker, owned by Jessica (Competitions Only) / PAL: Waffles, owned by Sue (Competitions Only)