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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 12 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

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 6 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

Shiva the Shih Tzu

Shiva (ID 419152)

Shiva is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 13, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

Shiva is a one of a kind sweetheart. She loves to cuddle, play, take naps, and eat. She is a sweet and beautiful little girl that is sure to draw... [read more]

$1,595.00

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 12 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]

$1,625.00

Lucy (John's New Little Baby Girl) the Shih Tzu

Reserved - Going home soon...Lucy (John's New Little Baby Girl) (ID 416394)

Lucy is a female black, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 5, 2015, so she's 12 weeks old now.

Lucy is a little snuggle bunny! She loves attention and loves to give loves. She is a small little girl with a big, loving personality. She is all... [read more]

Virginia's newest resident!

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Carlie the Shih Tzu

Carlie (ID 419156)

Carlie is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 18, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

Carlie is a genuine sweetheart. She is capable of so much love. She is just waiting for you to bring her into your home! Carlie will have a... [read more]

$1,675.00

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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 5 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

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Carmela the Shih Tzu

Carmela (ID 419158)

Carmela is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 18, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

“Well, hello there! My name is Carmela and I'm a little cutie. I’ve been told that I am extremely playful and peppy, loads of fun, personable,... [read more]

$1,675.00

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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 5 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]

$1,675.00

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 5 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 5 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

Bentley the Shih Tzu

Bentley (ID 419085)

Bentley is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 23, 2015, so he's 9 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]

$1,775.00

Cassandra the Shih Tzu

Cassandra (ID 420459)

Cassandra is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 26, 2015, so she's 13 weeks old now.

Cassandra is a fun, loving, energetic, and playful little girl. Cassandra loves to play with other Shih Tzu's and enjoys long walks. Cassandra... [read more]

$1,775.00

Contessa the Shih Tzu

Contessa (ID 420462)

Contessa is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 26, 2015, so she's 13 weeks old now.

Contessa is a beautiful little girl. She is playful, has a good temperament, and loves to play with her litter mates. Contessa enjoys long walks... [read more]

$1,775.00

Crystal the Shih Tzu

Crystal (ID 420464)

Crystal is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 26, 2015, so she's 13 weeks old now.

Crystal is a sweet and playful little girl. She is very independent and is very curious with her surroundings. Crystal loves taking walks. She... [read more]

$1,775.00

Conner the Shih Tzu

Conner (ID 420466)

Conner is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 26, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Conner is the sweetest little boy. He is so calm and playful. Conner loves being around people and will steal your heart. Conner will leave for... [read more]

$1,775.00

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 5 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 5 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

Bobby the Shih Tzu

Bobby (ID 421786)

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

He was born on June 18, 2015, so he's 5 weeks old now.

This is Bobby. He is ready to come home and be your best friend. As soon as you walk in the door he’ll be right there to greet you with his... [read more]

$1,825.00

Bunny (Going Home To Great Family Soon!) the Shih Tzu

Reserved - Going home soon...Bunny (Going Home To Great Family Soon!) (ID 421787)

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

She was born on June 18, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

This darling girl is ready to be shown off to your friends! Bunny is a gorgeous female pup that wants to light up your life. Bunny will have a... [read more]

"New Jersey, here I come!"

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 24 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 16 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

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Coco (Going Home Soon) the Shih Tzu

Reserved - Going home soon...Coco (Going Home Soon) (ID 418168)

Coco is a male liver Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 1, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Coco has a sweet attitude and is a lap baby for sure. He has a chocolate coat with a liver nose and beautiful green eyes that will melt your... [read more]

"Texas, here I come!"

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 5 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

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 10 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]

$1,895.00

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Scout the Shih Tzu

Scout (ID 418163)

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

He was born on May 1, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Scout is a bubbly little fellow who loves to play with everyone. He likes to run outside and play in the grass with his parents. He is doing great... [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 34 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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Victoria (Im Going Home Soon!) the Shih Tzu

Reserved - Going home soon...Victoria (Im Going Home Soon!) (ID 400868)

Victoria is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on February 2, 2015, so she's 25 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]

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Robert the Shih Tzu

Robert (ID 404606)

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

He was born on February 23, 2015, so he's 22 weeks old now.

Robert is a cuddly little man who is ready to show you how much love he has for you! He adores being next to you, whether it be a nap on the couch... [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 10 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 10 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 10 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 5 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 5 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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

Taco the Shih Tzu

Taco (ID 416770)

Taco is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 29, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

“Here is your chance to get me, the perfect pup for you. I am sweet, friendly, laid back and playful all at the same time. I’m smart and ready... [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 12 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 12 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 10 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 9 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 6 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

Louis the Shih Tzu

Louis (ID 421393)

Louis is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 12, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Alex is a very outgoing puppy. He loves to play with you, and he gets along well with the other puppies. He has a very docile nature and will be a... [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 7 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

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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 5 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 3 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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La Petite the Shih Tzu

La Petite (ID 417336)

La Petite is a female red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 6, 2015, so she's 7 weeks old now.

Meet La Petite! This little sweetheart is a cute as they come. This baby is going to be small when she matures like her mom. This precious fur... [read more]

$2,250.00

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Dominick the Shih Tzu

Dominick (ID 417384)

Dominick is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 6, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

Dominick is going to be the best little love bug. Right now he is getting all the hugs and kisses he can handle. This little guy is being loved,... [read more]

$2,250.00

Happy the Shih Tzu

Happy (ID 417928)

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

He was born on April 12, 2015, so he's 15 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]

$2,250.00

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America the Shih Tzu

America (ID 420674)

America is a female black, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 2, 2015, so she's 3 weeks old now.

Dog lovers, you’re in for a treat! America is a beautiful puppy. She is the perfect pup for any family searching for a lifelong companion.... [read more]

$2,250.00

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Freedom the Shih Tzu

Freedom (ID 420676)

Freedom is a female black, white & silver Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on July 2, 2015, so she's 3 weeks old now.

Meet Freedom! This adorable puppy is a dream come true. Freedom is a very happy, loving puppy that wants nothing more than to be your best friend.... [read more]

$2,250.00

Miss Coco the Shih Tzu

Miss Coco (ID 421487)

Miss Coco is a female gold sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 4, 2015, so she's 7 weeks old now.

Miss Coco is the only baby girl in this litter of four. She has a chocolate nose and amber colored eyes. She wants to be the center of your world... [read more]

$2,250.00

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 18 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

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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 11 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]

$2,350.00

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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