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Stitch the Shih Tzu

Stitch (ID 426144)

Stitch is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Meet Stitch! He is as handsome and loving as they come. Stitch will be sure to win your heart over with just one look. This little pup is always... [read more]

$1,595.00

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 8 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

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Bubblie the Shih Tzu

Bubblie (ID 422988)

Bubblie is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 3, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Bubblie is the life of the party! He loves attention and can't wait to be picked up and hugged. Bubblie really loves to give kisses and his... [read more]

$1,775.00

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Rocco the Shih Tzu

Rocco (ID 423614)

Rocco is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 3, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Rocco is so precious and sweet. He loves to be held and is full of entertaining antics at playtime. He has soft black fur and a very sturdy... [read more]

$1,775.00

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Kristoval the Shih Tzu

Kristoval (ID 423615)

Kristoval is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 3, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Kristoval is very special and so sweet. We call him Kristoval because he has the Shih Tzu "royal air" about him. He has a very luxurious solid... [read more]

$1,775.00

Tidbit the Shih Tzu

Tidbit (ID 425966)

Tidbit is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 7, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

Tidbit is a handsome little guy. He is red and white with stunning green eyes. He will be that perfect cuddle buddy you have been looking for. He... [read more]

$1,795.00

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 20 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]

$1,825.00

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 15 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]

$1,825.00

Jett the Shih Tzu

Jett (ID 425018)

Jett is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Oh my goodness! This has got to be one of the most beautiful puppies ever. Jett is coal black with a little bit of white on his chest. He is just... [read more]

$1,825.00

Jordan the Shih Tzu

Jordan (ID 425023)

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

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

Jordan is a precious little boy in every way! He's brindle and white with black markings and some silver running through his coat. Just a... [read more]

$1,825.00

Ruby the Shih Tzu

Ruby (ID 426823)

Ruby is a female red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 15, 2015, so she's 7 weeks old now.

"Hi, I'm Ruby! It's very nice to meet you. I'm a very outgoing puppy and I'm looking for a family where I would fit in! If you think you could be... [read more]

$1,825.00

Beau the Shih Tzu

Beau (ID 426826)

Beau is a male red sable Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 15, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

“Are you looking for the best puppy ever? Well, you found me! My name is Beau and I am the best! How do I know? Well, just look at me. Aren’t... [read more]

$1,825.00

Snoop the Shih Tzu

Snoop (ID 426829)

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

He was born on July 15, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

“Playing is my favorite! I’m an active puppy that enjoys company. I can’t wait to see my new home. To cheer up after a long day, puppy... [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 29 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 22 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

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 15 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]

$1,875.00

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 40 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

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Fancy Pants the Shih Tzu

Fancy Pants (ID 423242)

Fancy Pants is a female black brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 16, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

Meet Fancy Pants! She is a wonderful little girl with tons of personality and loves to be with you at all times! She loves to sit with you on the... [read more]

$1,950.00

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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 11 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 11 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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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 11 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]

$2,050.00

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Cloud the Shih Tzu

Cloud (ID 423180)

Cloud is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Cloud is a spunky puppy. He is curious, smart and loves to play. Cloud wants to be the center of attention at the end of a ball or treat. It is... [read more]

$2,050.00

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Lego the Shih Tzu

Lego (ID 423182)

Lego is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

You have just found “The One!” Meet the most handsome boy ever, Lego. He has such an amazing personality! He is a bundle of joy and such a... [read more]

$2,050.00

Barrett the Shih Tzu

Barrett (ID 424701)

Barrett is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

“Hi there; my name is Barrett. I am silly and sweet as can be, and I am sure that I will make that perfect addition to your loving family. My... [read more]

$2,050.00

Salvatore the Shih Tzu

Salvatore (ID 424703)

Salvatore is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

“Hi! I’m Salvatore. I’m currently searching for a good, loving home. I hope to find a family that loves to play and loves to receive puppy... [read more]

$2,050.00

Sebastian the Shih Tzu

Sebastian (ID 424704)

Sebastian is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

This handsome fellow is Sebastian! Sebastian loves to play, but takes nap time very seriously. Most days, he can be found lounging on the couch,... [read more]

$2,050.00

Sonny Boy the Shih Tzu

Sonny Boy (ID 424706)

Sonny Boy is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Meet Sonny Boy! Sonny Boy would make a wonderful addition to any family. He is up to date on vaccinations and would make a great lifelong... [read more]

$2,050.00

Clara the Shih Tzu

Clara (ID 424707)

Clara is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 19, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

Meet Clara! This cutie is ready to wiggle her way into you home and heart. She is a sweet and beautiful little girl that is sure to draw a crowd... [read more]

$2,050.00

Maxwell the Shih Tzu

Maxwell (ID 424927)

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

He was born on July 20, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Maxwell is quite the loving companion. He will make you wonder how you ever got along without him. He will surely make you smile with all his... [read more]

$2,050.00

Graham the Shih Tzu

Graham (ID 425878)

Graham is a male gold sable Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 11, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

“Hi, my name is Graham. I am so anxious to meet my new forever family. Could that be with you? I sure hope so. I am a gorgeous puppy with a... [read more]

$2,050.00

McKenna (Going To My New Home Soon!) the Shih Tzu

Reserved - Going home soon...McKenna (Going To My New Home Soon!) (ID 425930)

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

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

This is McKenna! McKenna has a beautiful and unique look; doesn’t she? She also has an amazing personality to match. McKenna loves everyone she... [read more]

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Mack the Shih Tzu

Mack (ID 426180)

Mack is a male liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 3, 2015, so he's 9 weeks old now.

Meet our shining star, Mack! He is a natural born leader. He is such a proud puppy, always walking with his head held high. Mack is definitely the... [read more]

$2,050.00

Toby the Shih Tzu

Toby (ID 426880)

Toby is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 29, 2015, so he's 5 weeks old now.

“Hey, wait up! Take a look at me, I promise I'll fulfill your every need! My current family tells me I will soon be ready to meet my new family.... [read more]

$2,050.00

Sweet Pea the Shih Tzu

Sweet Pea (ID 426881)

Sweet Pea is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 29, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

“My name is Sweet Pea and I am ready to make you smile! My adorable face is guaranteed to make you fall head over heels for me. I am a full of... [read more]

$2,050.00

Daisy the Shih Tzu

Daisy (ID 426882)

Daisy is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 29, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

“Hi, I'm Daisy! A picture is worth a thousand words and I'm sure that's why you clicked on me! I'm a beautiful puppy with a great disposition. I... [read more]

$2,050.00

Clyde the Shih Tzu

Clyde (ID 426884)

Clyde is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 29, 2015, so he's 5 weeks old now.

“I am sure glad you found my page! My name is Clyde! When I am out on the town, people always stop to tell me how cute I am! I always love... [read more]

$2,050.00

Boaz the Shih Tzu

Boaz (ID 426885)

Boaz is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 29, 2015, so he's 5 weeks old now.

“Thank you for stopping by to check me out! My name is Boaz! You can search the world and not find a sweeter puppy than me. Some may say that I... [read more]

$2,050.00

Cubby the Shih Tzu

Cubby (ID 426899)

Cubby is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

"Hi! My name is Cubby. I am a very gorgeous and unique puppy. I am now taking applications for my new family. I want to live with them forever, so... [read more]

$2,050.00

Happy the Shih Tzu

Happy (ID 417928)

Happy is a male black, white & silver Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 12, 2015, so he's 20 weeks old now.

Happy is full of kisses. He loves playing ball in the yard and is always up for movie-time. He is just waiting for that perfect family to make him... [read more]

$2,095.00

Cash the Shih Tzu

Cash (ID 418609)

Cash is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 2, 2015, so he's 18 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

Abby the Shih Tzu

Abby (ID 418831)

Abby is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 2, 2015, so she's 18 weeks old now.

"My name is Abby! 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

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 15 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

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Morgan the Shih Tzu

Morgan (ID 423116)

Morgan is a male brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 31, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Meet our shining star, Morgan! He is a natural born leader. He is such a proud puppy, always walking with his head held high. Morgan is definitely... [read more]

$2,095.00

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Dash the Shih Tzu

Dash (ID 423537)

Dash is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Dash is an adorable little Shi Tzu puppy. He is very loving and social. He enjoys playing around with his brother. He also loves giving little... [read more]

$2,095.00

Baby Boy the Shih Tzu

Baby Boy (ID 427111)

Baby Boy is a male liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 11, 2015, so he's 8 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. Baby Boy is... [read more]

$2,095.00

Cocoa the Shih Tzu

Cocoa (ID 427171)

Cocoa is a female brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 11, 2015, so she's 8 weeks old now.

“Hello! My name is Cocoa and I would love to come home to you! I'm the sweetest, cutest, softest and most cuddly puppy you could ever bring... [read more]

$2,095.00

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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 9 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

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Brinks the Shih Tzu

Brinks (ID 423538)

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

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

"Hi, I'm Brinks and I love to play! Everyone always tells me how beautiful I am! I always get really happy and excited when you're ready to play... [read more]

$2,150.00

Pookie the Shih Tzu

Pookie (ID 424728)

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

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

Meet Pookie! What a handsome boy he is! Pookie was born in my home from family pets so he has received lots of love and attention daily. His... [read more]

$2,150.00

Tucker the Shih Tzu

Tucker (ID 415864)

Tucker is a male liver Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 25, 2015, so he's 23 weeks old now.

Tucker is a combination of gorgeous looks and great personality. He is a very strong boy that can't wait to meet his new family. When you hold... [read more]

$2,350.00

Kobe the Shih Tzu

Kobe (ID 417447)

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

He was born on May 15, 2015, so he's 16 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]

$2,350.00

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Stewie the Shih Tzu

Stewie (ID 424494)

Stewie is a male gold sable Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 15, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

Stewie is absolutely adorable with his sweet, innocent puppy face and little puppy kisses! He has an incredibly thick and beautiful hair coat,... [read more]

$2,350.00

Remy the Shih Tzu

Remy (ID 421410)

Remy is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 23, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

What a pretty little fellow! Remy is a lovely male Shih Tzu. He is so fluffy with his beautiful bright white and black coat of super soft hair. ... [read more]

$2,450.00

Sampson the Shih Tzu

Sampson (ID 425120)

Sampson is a male red sable Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on July 14, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

"My name is Sampson and it's so nice of you to stop in and take a peek of me. I hope you are searching for a best friend because I can be the one... [read more]

$2,495.00

Peppy the Shih Tzu

Peppy (ID 424992)

Peppy is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Look at cute little Peppy! What a handsome little guy he is! He has a gorgeous coat of distinctive black and white with no flecking. Peppy's sweet... [read more]

$2,595.00

Doodle the Shih Tzu

Doodle (ID 411950)

Doodle is a male silver, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 26, 2015, so he's 18 weeks old now.

Doodle is a dashing boy who absolutely loves every part of puppyhood! He adores being able to romp around the yard, chasing after loose leaves and... [read more]

$2,675.00

Philip the Shih Tzu

Philip (ID 413930)

Philip is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 5, 2015, so he's 17 weeks old now.

Philip is a fun boy who is excited to become your next best friend! He loves people and is always happy to be snuggled beside you or off on a walk... [read more]

$2,725.00

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Peppa the Shih Tzu

Peppa (ID 424493)

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

She was born on July 15, 2015, so she's 7 weeks old now.

Peppa is a classic beauty! Her soft, luscious coat will be the envy of all the ladies! She has a wonderful temperament and shows it with her calm... [read more]

$2,725.00

Hayden the Shih Tzu

Hayden (ID 425017)

Hayden is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

This is Hayden! This little guy is the perfect combination of good looks and charm! He has very distinctive colors with no flecking and his face... [read more]

$2,725.00

Sissy the Shih Tzu

Sissy (ID 425124)

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

She was born on July 14, 2015, so she's 7 weeks old now.

"Hi, my name is Sissy and I'm searching for a family to call my own. I'm hoping my search is over and that you are the right one for me. I can't... [read more]

$2,775.00

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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