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Austin the Shih Tzu

Austin (ID 419530)

Austin is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 2, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Here is Austin! Just look at this little guy! He has a wonderful personality and is very well socialized. He will surely be the talk of your town,... [read more]

$1,495.00

Baron the Shih Tzu

Baron (ID 419759)

Baron is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 2, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Baron is a happy affectionate little boy that is very playful, spunky and adorable. This little guy would love to bring happiness to you for many... [read more]

$1,495.00

Sammy the Shih Tzu

Sammy (ID 419143)

Sammy is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 13, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

This cutie is Sammy! He is the most adorable thing you will ever see! He is sweet and loving. He wants to be the reason you have a smile on your... [read more]

$1,595.00

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Cannon the Shih Tzu

Cannon (ID 419162)

Cannon is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 18, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

“Hello there! My name is Cannon. I am looking for a loving, new family. I have a wonderful, rich and soft coat . I am a well socialized puppy... [read more]

$1,595.00

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Carla the Shih Tzu

Carla (ID 419157)

Carla is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 18, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

“Hi! Do you enjoy long walks at the park and having snugly cuddle fests? My name is Carla, and I am the perfect puppy for you! I am a feisty... [read more]

$1,675.00

Harlow the Shih Tzu

Harlow (ID 421606)

Harlow is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 21, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

"Hello everyone! My name is Harlow. Have you been looking for a sweet lap baby that will follow you everywhere you go? That is the typical trait... [read more]

$1,675.00

Hana the Shih Tzu

Hana (ID 421610)

Hana is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 21, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

"Hi, I'm Hana! I am so ready to meet my new family. We can finish the summer together watching TV or reading a good book. Whatever we do, I will... [read more]

$1,675.00

Taggart the Shih Tzu

Taggart (ID 422376)

Taggart is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 1, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

Taggart is a sweet little boy who loves to charm everyone he meets and gives the sweetest kisses. Taggart is the life of the party and will keep... [read more]

$1,675.00

Tocoma the Shih Tzu

Tocoma (ID 422380)

Tocoma is a male gold sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 1, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

Tocoma is the one you have been looking for! He's perfect in every way! He is outgoing, playful, loving, and charming. He will be the talk of the... [read more]

$1,675.00

Tahlia the Shih Tzu

Tahlia (ID 422382)

Tahlia is a female gold sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 1, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Look at this beautiful baby girl! Tahlia is just waiting for that perfect, loving family to call her own. She is the perfect romp-around friend.... [read more]

$1,675.00

Taisie the Shih Tzu

Taisie (ID 422383)

Taisie is a female brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 1, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Meet Taisie! Taisie has a great personality and a very beautiful coat. This baby is going to make a great companion and be very loyal to her... [read more]

$1,675.00

Sage the Shih Tzu

Sage (ID 422386)

Sage is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 6, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

Sage is the most awesome little puppy! He is the sweetest one of the litter, and has personality plus. Sage is always doing something sweet to... [read more]

$1,675.00

Sassa the Shih Tzu

Sassa (ID 422387)

Sassa is a female gold sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 6, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Meet my little sweetheart, Sassa! Sassa is an awesome little Shih Tzu puppy. She is one adorable sweetheart that loves to give lots of warm puppy... [read more]

$1,675.00

Savina the Shih Tzu

Savina (ID 422388)

Savina is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 6, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Savina is going to be a stunning little girl when grown. She has the sweetest little personality and loves to cuddle and give you wet kisses. She... [read more]

$1,675.00

Savvy the Shih Tzu

Savvy (ID 422391)

Savvy is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 6, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Wow! Savvy is simply precious! You just can't go wrong choosing her. She's the breed's true definition! Savvy has been raised in a loving home... [read more]

$1,675.00

Sashi the Shih Tzu

Sashi (ID 422392)

Sashi is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 6, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Meet Sashi! She is sugar, spice, and everything nice! Sashi is a sweet girl that loves to play, but also enjoys getting in some good snuggle time.... [read more]

$1,675.00

Maggie Mae the Shih Tzu

Maggie Mae (ID 422582)

Maggie Mae is a female brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 5, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Good times are on the horizon when you choose this cutie to be your new companion. She is simply adorable. Maggie Mae is a very loving little girl... [read more]

$1,675.00

Griffon the Shih Tzu

Griffon (ID 422583)

Griffon is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 5, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

Good times are on the horizon when you choose this handsome fellow to be your new companion. He is simply adorable and is very loving. Griffon... [read more]

$1,675.00

Banjo the Shih Tzu

Banjo (ID 422587)

Banjo is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 5, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

Good times are on the horizon when you choose this cutie to be your new companion. He is simply adorable. Banjo is a very loving little fellow.... [read more]

$1,675.00

Archer the Shih Tzu

Archer (ID 422589)

Archer is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 5, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

Good times are coming when you choose this sweetie to be your new companion. Archer is simply adorable. Archer is very loving and loves children... [read more]

$1,675.00

Abner the Shih Tzu

Abner (ID 422135)

Abner is a male liver & white, blue factored Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 26, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

“Hi! My name is Abner. I am super sweet! I’m also super cuddly and my personality is somewhat bubbly. I’m anxiously waiting for my forever... [read more]

$1,725.00

Rags the Shih Tzu

Rags (ID 415893)

Rags is a male black, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 17, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Rags is the most lovable and sweetest little boy ever! He's very smart and doing a great job on paper training. He loves to give puppy kisses! His... [read more]

$1,795.00

Beulah the Shih Tzu

Beulah (ID 420815)

Beulah is a female gold sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 18, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

Meet our little princess, Beulah! She loves to wake up early and take long morning walks in the fresh air. Beulah has her favorite toys and can... [read more]

$1,825.00

Haydan the Shih Tzu

Haydan (ID 421607)

Haydan is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 21, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

"Well do you think I could be your little princess? I certainly hope so. My name is Haydan! I can't wait to come live with you so you can brush my... [read more]

$1,825.00

Alex the Shih Tzu

Alex (ID 407569)

Alex is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on February 10, 2015, so he's 25 weeks old now.

“Well hello there! My name is Alex. It's very nice to finally meet you! I have been waiting for my forever family and now I have found you! I... [read more]

$1,875.00

Little Bit the Shih Tzu

Little Bit (ID 409261)

Little Bit is a male black, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 4, 2015, so he's 17 weeks old now.

“I bet that you’ve never seen a puppy like me! I’m just that cute! My name is Little Bit and playing is my game. I can’t wait to meet my... [read more]

$1,875.00

Haelyn the Shih Tzu

Haelyn (ID 421611)

Haelyn is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 21, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

"I may be the smallest girl in my family but don't think I can't keep up! My name is Haelyn and I am one prissy little girl. Why not, when you are... [read more]

$1,875.00

Oscar the Shih Tzu

Oscar (ID 415284)

Oscar is a male gold sable Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 16, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

“Look at me! I am probably the cutest, little puppy you ever did see. Everyone that sees me always tells me how beautiful I am, and they can’t... [read more]

$1,950.00

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Scout the Shih Tzu

Scout (ID 418163)

Scout is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 1, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Scout is a bubbly little fellow who loves to play with everyone. His personality is just contagious. Scout loves people and he loves to sit with... [read more]

$1,950.00

R.C. the Shih Tzu

R.C. (ID 419090)

R.C. is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on November 28, 2014, so he's 35 weeks old now.

"My name is R.C. and I am a very active little pup. I love to take walks, play with ropes and balls. I'm a very outgoing puppy and I'm looking for... [read more]

$1,950.00

Brandon the Shih Tzu

Brandon (ID 421981)

Brandon is a male black, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 23, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

Brandon is such a sweet cuddle bug. He is playful and loves when the grandchildren come to play with him. He behaves when we travel in the car to... [read more]

$1,950.00

Bliss the Shih Tzu

Bliss (ID 422146)

Bliss is a male black, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 23, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

Bliss is a true sportsman. He loves it outside to play ball and look for new adventures. If you want a puppy that would be your outdoor buddy then... [read more]

$1,950.00

Lil' Bandit Boy the Shih Tzu

Lil' Bandit Boy (ID 422363)

Lil' Bandit Boy is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 23, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Lil' Bandit Boy will only steal the socks out of your laundry, he will steal your heart as well! He is cuddler, a kisser and sometimes tug-of-war... [read more]

$1,950.00

Oliver the Shih Tzu

Oliver (ID 422393)

Oliver is a male brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 23, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Meet Oliver and prepare to fall in love! Ollie is a laid back snuggle boy. He is always the first one to the baby gate wagging his tail, just... [read more]

$1,950.00

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Victoria the Shih Tzu

Victoria (ID 400868)

Victoria is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on February 2, 2015, so she's 26 weeks old now.

Check out Victoria! She is a stunning little girl and a definite head turner! Victoria loves to be held and cuddled, as well as being brushed. She... [read more]

$2,050.00

Georgie the Shih Tzu

Georgie (ID 415201)

Georgie is a male gold sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 15, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Georgie is a very curious puppy. He is very docile and sweet. He loves to cuddle with his siblings. He will be up to date on his vaccinations and... [read more]

$2,050.00

Pike the Shih Tzu

Pike (ID 417446)

Pike is a male black, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 15, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Pike is a very curious puppy. He is very docile and sweet. He loves to cuddle with his siblings. He will be up to date on his vaccinations and vet... [read more]

$2,050.00

Kobe the Shih Tzu

Kobe (ID 417447)

Kobe is a male gold sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 15, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Kobe is a very curious puppy. He is very docile and sweet. He loves to cuddle with his siblings. He will be up to date on his vaccinations and vet... [read more]

$2,050.00

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Patch the Shih Tzu

Patch (ID 420021)

Patch is a male brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Wow! What a handsome boy you have found here. Patch is an adorable guy that is fun to be around. His curious nature will keep you on your toes for... [read more]

$2,050.00

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Chubs the Shih Tzu

Chubs (ID 420106)

Chubs is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

“Hello, my name is Chubs. I am a loving, young pup looking for a loving family and home to call my own. I have been vet checked from head to... [read more]

$2,050.00

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Special the Shih Tzu

Special (ID 421270)

Special is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 19, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

Special is a beautiful black and white Shih Tzu. She is the classic color for the breed. She is sweet and playful baby who lights up when the kids... [read more]

$2,050.00

Monte the Shih Tzu

Monte (ID 421601)

Monte is a male gold sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 18, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Wow! What a cutie you have found here! This little guy will be sure to steal your heart away with just one look into those puppy eyes. Monte is as... [read more]

$2,050.00

Maxx the Shih Tzu

Maxx (ID 421603)

Maxx is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 18, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

You have just found “The One!” Meet the most handsome boy ever, Maxx. He is currently waiting for his forever loving family to make him theirs... [read more]

$2,050.00

Lil Mickey the Shih Tzu

Lil Mickey (ID 414563)

Lil Mickey is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 25, 2015, so he's 18 weeks old now.

Lil Mickey is a playful, loving little guy. He always is the first puppy running over to say hello in the morning giving me a tail wag with his... [read more]

$2,095.00

Canton the Shih Tzu

Canton (ID 416696)

Canton is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 29, 2015, so he's 9 weeks old now.

“Hello! My name is Canton, and I’m super excited to meet you! Just look at me. You couldn’t ask for more impressive markings. My face alone... [read more]

$2,095.00

Garry the Shih Tzu

Garry (ID 416700)

Garry is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 29, 2015, so he's 9 weeks old now.

“A sweeter face you will never find! I have a personality and attitude to match my perfect body. Then there is my talent. I run, walk, bark,... [read more]

$2,095.00

Mitch the Shih Tzu

Mitch (ID 416704)

Mitch is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 29, 2015, so he's 9 weeks old now.

“I am Mitch, the magician. I can make people love me with one puppy kiss. I can make people laugh and giggle with a little shift of my head. So... [read more]

$2,095.00

Brenna the Shih Tzu

Brenna (ID 416768)

Brenna is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 29, 2015, so she's 9 weeks old now.

“Hello, my name is Brenna. I would like to come to your house and play. I like to lie on my back and have my tummy rubbed. Sometimes I sleep... [read more]

$2,095.00

Cash the Shih Tzu

Cash (ID 418609)

Cash is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 2, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

“Hello! My name is Cash! I'm a cute, cuddly, and loyal puppy that is looking for that special family to join. My ideal family will take me for... [read more]

$2,095.00

Abe the Shih Tzu

Abe (ID 418831)

Abe is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 2, 2015, so she's 13 weeks old now.

"My name is Abe! Am I not the cutest puppy you've ever seen? That's what everyone keeps telling me. I can run around all day with my family... [read more]

$2,095.00

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Sparkle the Shih Tzu

Sparkle (ID 421269)

Sparkle is a female white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 19, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

"Hello! Sparkle is my name, because I light up when I am picked to cuddle. I am cute and playful, but not a barky girl. I would like to go... [read more]

$2,095.00

Bubbles the Shih Tzu

Bubbles (ID 421371)

Bubbles is a female liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 23, 2015, so she's 10 weeks old now.

"Hello! My name is Bubbles. I get so excited when I play with my toys that make noise. I am not a barky or hyper girl, but I don't sit in the... [read more]

$2,095.00

Panda the Shih Tzu

Panda (ID 421388)

Panda is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 12, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

Meet Panda! He is a very sweet , happy little boy. His thick fluffy coat is a brilliant contrast of black and white which will catch every eye. He... [read more]

$2,095.00

Cameron the Shih Tzu

Cameron (ID 421484)

Cameron is a male gold sable Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 4, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

Cameron is one of only four babies in this litter. He has two brothers and one sister. This baby boy is a very sweet natured puppy with a laid... [read more]

$2,095.00

Bella the Shih Tzu

Bella (ID 422152)

Bella is a female liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 23, 2015, so she's 10 weeks old now.

Bella is a princess! She is prances in her beautiful dresses and her bows. She is a true girly girl! This dark chocolate and white Shih Tzu that... [read more]

$2,095.00

Petunia the Shih Tzu

Petunia (ID 422361)

Petunia is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 23, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

Whether running through the grass or cuddling in a lap, Petunia is just such a sweetie! Her momma is petite in size and has a laid back... [read more]

$2,095.00

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Rocket the Shih Tzu

Rocket (ID 417681)

Rocket is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 8, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Rocket is as sweet as they come. He enjoys playing with his siblings and taking long naps. He has the biggest round dark baby doll eyes. Rocket is... [read more]

$2,150.00

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Zig Zag the Shih Tzu

Zig Zag (ID 417695)

Zig Zag is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 16, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Zig Zag is a little darling! He will steal your heart. He prances around like a little prince. Many of our dogs have been working as therapy dogs,... [read more]

$2,150.00

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Little Un' the Shih Tzu

Little Un' (ID 420108)

Little Un' is a male brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 19, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

“Hello! My name is Little Un' and I’m super excited to me you! I can‘t wait to join your family and go on adventures with you. I love to... [read more]

$2,150.00

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Liberty the Shih Tzu

Liberty (ID 420672)

Liberty is a male black brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 2, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

Don’t you just have to know this cutie’s name? Well it's Liberty, and he is just waiting for you to give him that forever home he is looking... [read more]

$2,150.00

Welcome

Thank you for considering our network of Shih Tzu breeders and the Shih Tzu puppies for sale they offer. The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular companion dogs since he is an affectionate house dog who loves to follow his human family around. Thus, it should come as no surprise that these petite “lion dogs” have won many devoted fans who have taken this toy breeds into their hearts as well as their homes. Why not take a look at the listings of Shih Tzu puppies for sale? You might find one you will want to adopt.


Find Shih Tzu Puppies for Sale

Do you want to adopt a Shih Tzu? We can make the search easier for you with our breeders' listings of Shih Tzu puppies for sale. We help you find Shih Tzu puppies that are appropriate for your particular family circumstances. And we work with the most reputable breeders to ensure that you can be comfortable that you have made the right choice when you get a puppy from them. Looking for a Shih Tzu for sale does not need to be a chore since we have done the hard work for you.


Breed Summary

Familiarizing yourself with the basic Shih Tzu dog breed info will enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not this breed is the best fit for your family. The Shih Tzu is classified as a toy dog but is surprisingly sturdy for his size. While his long coat may classify him as high maintenance, the time you invest in keeping your Shih Tzu is more than worth it since it not only makes him look beautiful, grooming also represents a great bonding opportunity.

If there is one word that sums up the basic Shih Tzu characteristic, it is devoted. He loves to spend time with his human family and does not forget to express his affection by looking at you with those big dark eyes. You can learn more about the Shih Tzu by looking at our Facts & Information section.


Perfect Matched Breed

If you finally decided on a Shih Tzu adoption, we will do the hard work for you. We work only with Shih Tzu breeders who adhere to the best breeding practices, to ensure that you are getting the healthiest purebred Shih Tzu puppies. And we also follow a stringent adoption process to ensure that matched Shih Tzu puppies are placed with families who will love them and give them good homes. You can learn more about our process by reading our happy puppy placement page.


Facts - Overview

While the Shih Tzu was originally bred to be a pet to royalty, he has since become a lively and devoted companion to many a commoner’s household. Despite his regal looks, the Shih Tzu dog breed is one of the friendliest ones that love nothing more than to make new friends wherever he goes. And his small size makes him adaptable to a wide variety of living arrangements ranging from apartments to country farms. The average Shih Tzu weighs from nine to sixteen pounds and stands from nine inches to ten-and-a-half inches.

The Shih Tzu is not a very active dog and a short walk each day is enough to provide him with the exercise that he needs. He is content to get the physical activity that he needs from following you around your home, playing with his toys and running to greet arriving visitors. However, their short faces make them sensitive to heat so they should stay inside on hot days in a room that is air conditioned or ventilated with fans.

The Shih Tzu has a long, silky coat that comes in a wide variety of color combinations, ranging from grey and white to red and white. You will need to brush his coat on a daily basis to prevent matting and tangles and bathe him as frequently as once a week. Or if you can’t spare the time for daily grooming, you can ask a groomer to cut his coat short.

Since the Shih Tzu has a docile personality, he easily gets along with other pets and is good with children. In fact, when you adopt a Shih Tzu puppy, you should plan on socializing him as early as possible in order to avoid his becoming timid. However, children should be taught not to carry around the Shih Tzu to avoid accidentally dropping and hurting him, and should sit on the floor if they want to play with him.

Shih Tzu breed info recommends that your new puppy be crate trained in order effectively housetrain him. You can also train your puppy to use an indoor litter box so that they don’t have to go out in bad weather or rush home to let them out. Crates also provide a quiet den for your Shih Tzu to relax in.


Facts - Personality

One of the reasons why the Shih Tzu is such a popular breed is his agreeable personality. Since the Shih Tzu was bred to be a companion dog, the Shih Tzu temperament is defined by his affection for his human family. He is at his happiest when he is just with you, giving and receiving love. Or he can spend hours sleeping at your feet and occasionally looking up at you adoringly.

But this does not mean that the Shih Tzu is totally docile. The Shih Tzu personality is also a lively and alert one. Although he is not a guard dog, he will still bark when an unfamiliar face comes to the door. However, he will surely welcome this new arrival as a friend who will pet him and show him affection. In general, the Shih Tzu is not known as a dog who is yippy or bites at the ankles of people when he gets excited.

The Shih Tzu is also known for his playfulness and sense of humor. Aside from the humorous way he cocks his head when he’s looking at you, your Shih Tzu may try to amuse you by tossing his toy in the air and then spinning around to try and catch it or by engaging in a pretend-game of fetch in which he pulls out of reach as you try to take the ball. But if you have very young children in your household you should be careful to avoid rough play with him since the Shih Tzu’s small size puts him at risk for accidental injury.


Facts - Care

Shih Tzu puppy care does not take a lot of time since the breed is essentially a housedog that is not very physically active. Your Shih Tzu will be happy will short daily walks since he is content with wandering around the house and spending hours dozing at your feet or sitting on your lap. In fact, since he is prone to heat exhaustion, you should keep him indoors during hot days, preferably in rooms with air conditioning or that have fans.

In order to avoid your Shih Tzu becoming too timid and docile, an important part of early Shih Tzu care is socialization. You should expose him to strange people and pets so that he gets used to being around them and does not react with anxiety. Early socialization will help your Shih Tzu grow up to be a well-rounded dog.

One aspect of Shih Tzu training that is considered difficult is housetraining. You should carefully supervise your Shih Tzu when he is inside the house while he has not yet been housetrained, so that he won’t get used to using the carpet or other areas for his toilet. In order to make toilet training easier, you can consider crate training your dog in order to avoid accidents indoors or teach him to use a litter box. Getting your Shih Tzu used to being in a crate can be useful when you take him travelling with you.


Facts - Grooming

Daily grooming is a must if you want to maintain your Shih Tzu’s coat in its usual beautiful condition and avoid mats and tangles. Although this routine can be a chore, it can also be an invaluable opportunity to further bond with your Shih Tzu puppy. How to groom Shih Tzu? You should start grooming your puppy as early as possible so he’ll get used to it. Make sure that you don’t just brush the upper layer of the coat but go down to the skin. Ask the dog to lie down on his side and then brush his coat section by section, since this makes grooming easier. Daily grooming becomes less difficult once the Shih Tzu’s adult coat fully grows in at fifteen months of age.

In addition, Shih Tzu grooming also involves the following areas:

  • Nail trimming. Regular trimming is important in order to avoid the nails growing so long they become a source of irritation. Use guillotine-style clippers and trim the nails carefully by holding your dog’s paw up and close to you. Make sure you trim the nails as short as possible. You should also have some antiseptic coagulant on hand in case you accidentally cut the ‘quick’, a vein in the nail. If the nail starts to bleed simply put some of this coagulant on a cotton ball and hold for a few seconds.
  • Ear cleaning. Wipe your Shih Tzu’s ears once weekly with a cotton ball moistened with a pH balanced and gentle ear cleaner. Also check out his ears for signs of infection such as a bad odor and redness. You may also need to pluck out the hair that grows in his ear canal if he is prone to infection.
  • Face cleaning. Since the Shih Tzu’s face tends to get dirty easily, particularly after eating, and his eyes easily tear up, you need to wipe his face daily with a soft cloth moistened with some warm water. You may also need to wash under the eyes with a soft toothbrush.
  • Bathing. Since the long-haired Shih Tzu tends to get dirty easily, you will need to bathe him more frequently, either on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
  • Dental care. Since smaller dog breeds tend to suffer from dental problems, you should brush his teeth regularly with special doggie toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.

Facts - Health

Proper Shih Tzu nutrition is important in ensuring your new puppy’s overall health. Make sure that you feed your new Shih Tzu food that is formulated for a puppy’s nutritional requirements. The food you buy him should also be of high quality since it will not only provide him with the nutrients he needs but also mean that you will need to feed him less. Depending on your vet’s recommendations you should feed your Shih Tzu a half-cup to one cup of dry food daily.

While the breed is generally known as a hardy one, there are certain common Shih Tzu health conditions they are prone to. For example, since the Shih Tzu’s big eyes bulge, they are prone to eye problems such as dry eye, inflammation of the cornea and progressive retinal atrophy. Consult with your vet if your Shih Tzu displays symptoms such as excessive redness and tearing. As mentioned earlier, the Shih Tzu is also prone to ear infections since his droopy ears turn his ear canal dark and warm, creating the perfect conditions for infection.

The Shih Tzu may also retain his baby teeth when his adult teeth start growing in, and teeth may become misaligned due to his undershot jaw. Thus, apart from his regular dental care routine, you should also report any dental problems you detect to your veterinarian, such as loose teeth and bad breath.


Facts - History

The Shih Tzu history remains shrouded in mystery although it is generally acknowledged that the Shih Tzu is one of the oldest breeds. Although it is unclear as to whether the Shih Tzu was developed in Tibet or China, paintings and other art from ancient times reveal the breed was a valued companion dog to royalty. However, it is known that during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644 AD) the Shih Tzu was highly favored by royalty as a popular house pet. The Shih Tzu was confined to China until the early twentieth century when they started to be given to foreign visitors as gifts. Lady Brownrigg, the wife of the north China command’s quartermaster, was reported to have brought home a male and female Shih Tzu in 1928, which formed the basis for her kennel. Shih Tzus were then exported to Australia and other European countries.

The history of Shih Tzu in the US started after World War II when American servicemen returning home brought Shih Tzus with them. The breed became so popular that by 1960, there were three Shih Tzu clubs. Two of these clubs merged in 1963 to form the American Shih Tzu Club. The breed was formally recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 and classified in the Toy Group. As of 2014, the AKC ranked the Shih Tzu the seventeenth most popular breed in the US.


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