By Josie  June 15th, 2023

English cocker spaniel

shih tzu


Both breeds are outrageously adorable but suited to very different lifestyles.

Let's assess the English Cocker Spaniel Vs. Shih Tzu

In contrast, Shih Tzus weigh 9-16 pounds, standing around 9-10 inches in height.

English Cocker Spaniels weigh 26-34 pounds and are 15-17 inches tall.

English Cocker Spaniel Vs. Shih Tzu: Size

English Cocker Spaniel: Energy Levels

English Cocker Spaniels are known for their high energy levels - they are always ready to run, play, and explore the world around them.

Shih Tzu: Energy Levels

They are low-energy dogs and don’t require as much exercise as other breeds, making them suitable for apartment-living.


English Cocker Spaniels need regular brushing and trimming to maintain their coat, while Shih Tzus require daily brushing and trimming every few months.

English Cocker Spaniels are friendly but like any breed, they need socialization to prevent shyness or aggression.

Shih Tzus are prone to separation anxiety and may become overly attached to their owners

#1 Easy to Train #2 Affectionate #3 Versatile

English Cocker Spaniel: Pros

#1 High exercise needs #2 Grooming is costly #3 Prone to separation anxiety

English Cocker Spaniel: Cons

#1 Small size #2 Loyal #3 Good with children

Shih Tzu: Pros

#1 Need lots of grooming #2 Prone to various health issues #3 Prone to obsesity

Shih Tzu: Cons

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