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Ginger the Shih Tzu

Ginger (ID 412695)

Ginger is a female gold sable Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 3, 2015, so she's 8 weeks old now.

“My name is Ginger. I am the sweetest puppy you will ever meet. I like to play by day and cuddle at night. I love to run and roll around... [read more]

$1,475.00

Panda the Shih Tzu

Panda (ID 412696)

Panda is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 3, 2015, so she's 8 weeks old now.

“My name is Panda. You could say action is my middle name and loving is my game. I love long walks on the beach and don’t mind staying up all... [read more]

$1,475.00

Cocoa the Shih Tzu

Cocoa (ID 412698)

Cocoa is a male liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 3, 2015, so he'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]

$1,475.00

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Teddy the Shih Tzu

Teddy (ID 406659)

Teddy is a male gold sable Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 2, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

This little guy is Teddy is a beautiful Shih Tzu puppy with a sweet teddy bear face and sweet loving personality. Teddy has that perfect look that... [read more]

$1,525.00

Gibby the Shih Tzu

Gibby (ID 408467)

Gibby is a male cream & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Gibby is the cutest little sweetheart you could ever wish for! He is top dog in his house but has a playful spirit that will melt even the hardest... [read more]

$1,525.00

Cole the Shih Tzu

Cole (ID 408468)

Cole is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Cole is beautiful! A little shy but boy what a lover! He loves to snuggle into your neck and make you feel warm all over! He has the darkest... [read more]

$1,525.00

Herbert the Shih Tzu

Herbert (ID 410139)

Herbert is a male brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Herbert is one of the most adorable little boys you will ever lay eyes on! He enjoys giving puppy breath kisses and snuggles! Just look at those... [read more]

$1,525.00

Lester the Shih Tzu

Lester (ID 410176)

Lester is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Imagine the moment you enter home, your dog greets you with warm hugs and licks. Well Lester wants to be that pup for you! He is an all-the-time... [read more]

$1,525.00

Sylvester the Shih Tzu

Sylvester (ID 410177)

Sylvester is a male brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

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

A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself. That is all Sylvester wants, is to love you. Imagine all the fun... [read more]

$1,525.00

Clementine the Shih Tzu

Clementine (ID 410182)

Clementine is a female brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 12, 2015, so she's 6 weeks old now.

"Hello! My name is Clementine and I want to be a part of your family! I grew up with three brothers who always like to roughhouse. I however, love... [read more]

$1,525.00

Barnaby the Shih Tzu

Barnaby (ID 410433)

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

He was born on March 31, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

"Hello! My name is Barnaby! I enjoy long walks, playing, chew toys and sleeping. I also love cuddles and wet nosed puppy kissed! I want to be a... [read more]

$1,525.00

Theo the Shih Tzu

Theo (ID 410438)

Theo is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 31, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

Theo is a fur ball that is full of love and affection! He is just waiting for the right family to share this with. He is just an all-around great... [read more]

$1,525.00

Walter the Shih Tzu

Walter (ID 410442)

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

He was born on March 31, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

"Lets face it, you think I'm adorable! Well you are right! My name is Walter! I'm cuddly and sweet, or so my mommy told me. I'm ready for a loving... [read more]

$1,525.00

Jasper the Shih Tzu

Jasper (ID 410447)

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

He was born on March 31, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

Jasper only looks like he's a bit mischievous. He is a sweetheart all wrapped up in with puppy kisses and snuggles! Jasper will be sure to come... [read more]

$1,525.00

Phineas the Shih Tzu

Phineas (ID 410449)

Phineas is a male red sable Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 31, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

"Hello! My name is Phineas! Have you ever heard the saying 'Dogs are miracles with paws'? Well, I want to be your miracle! I will provide kisses... [read more]

$1,525.00

Johnny the Shih Tzu

Johnny (ID 407798)

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

He was born on March 14, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

Stop right there! You have found your new baby boy. Johnny is as adorable as a puppy can be. He will be sure to shower you with his puppy love... [read more]

$1,595.00

Leo the Shih Tzu

Leo (ID 409727)

Leo is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Looking for a loving pup to call your own? Then look no further; Leo is here! Leo is the sweetest pup around. Once you gaze into his eyes,... [read more]

$1,675.00

Lynx the Shih Tzu

Lynx (ID 409756)

Lynx is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Lynx 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]

$1,675.00

Lolly the Shih Tzu

Lolly (ID 411044)

Lolly is a female liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on March 20, 2015, so she's 10 weeks old now.

Lolly is a happy health little girl! She loves to play with her brother and sister. She also enjoys laying by the French doors letting the sun... [read more]

$1,675.00

Socks the Shih Tzu

Socks (ID 410627)

Socks is a female black Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 20, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

Meet Socks! Socks is a playful, little girl that is super friendly. She can't wait to meet you. She just knows you'll love her as much as she'll... [read more]

$1,775.00

Sybil the Shih Tzu

Sybil (ID 410647)

Sybil is a female gold sable Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 20, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

Meet Sybil! This beautiful, baby-doll faced princess can't wait to venture off to her new home. This cutie will turn heads wherever she goes. Her... [read more]

$1,775.00

Sampson the Shih Tzu

Sampson (ID 410649)

Sampson is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 20, 2015, so he's 5 weeks old now.

“Ready for a lifetime of endless love? Then look no further, because I am going to do my very best to always please you. My name is Sampson and... [read more]

$1,775.00

Kendall the Shih Tzu

Kendall (ID 410792)

Kendall is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

“Hi, I'm Kendall! 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.... [read more]

$1,775.00

Minnie the Shih Tzu

Minnie (ID 411705)

Minnie is a female red Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 29, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Minnie is a gorgeous little girl! This playful girl can’t wait to go on adventures with you. Just picture it now: running through the park,... [read more]

$1,775.00

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Chase the Shih Tzu

Chase (ID 406921)

Chase is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 9, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

"My name is Chase! Chase is limited registration. I am very playful and happy. I will be the best playmate you ever had. I am smart and love my... [read more]

$1,795.00

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Windy the Shih Tzu

Windy (ID 406923)

Windy is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on March 9, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

Windy is just gorgeous! She is a real sweetheart and she loves to follow you around! She keeps you laughing with her adorable antics. Cuties like... [read more]

$1,795.00

Boo the Shih Tzu

Boo (ID 408422)

Boo is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 13, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Boo is the cutest little boy with a fun personality. He loves to play and run around like a puppy dog should. His tail wags non-stop. He loves to... [read more]

$1,795.00

Sumo the Shih Tzu

Sumo (ID 404334)

Sumo is a male brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on February 13, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

"Hello! My name is Sumo. I'm sweet, cuddly and a big love. I'll come to you pre-spoiled and well socialized with other dogs, both large and small.... [read more]

$1,875.00

Bebe the Shih Tzu

Bebe (ID 408129)

Bebe is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on January 22, 2015, so he's 18 weeks old now.

Bebe is very people-friendly, making him a wonderful playmate for both big kids (like dads) and little kids. You will never be lonely because he... [read more]

$1,875.00

Dozer the Shih Tzu

Dozer (ID 408767)

Dozer is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on February 10, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

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

$1,875.00

Lance the Shih Tzu

Lance (ID 409242)

Lance is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 4, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

“Hi, I'm Lance and I will just do everything I can to make you happy. I will just fill your life with love and kisses. Imagine all the cool... [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 7 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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Blake the Shih Tzu

Blake (ID 409342)

Blake is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 2, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

"Hi my name is Blake and I'm fit for a king. I'm AKC registered and have excellent bloodlines. I promise to be the best friend you have ever had.... [read more]

$1,875.00

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Bo Bo the Shih Tzu

Bo Bo (ID 409365)

Bo Bo is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 2, 2015, so he's 8 weeks old now.

"Hi there I'm Bo Bo and I'm a keeper. I love to play and I'm learning to walk so I can take long walks with you. I'm AKC registered and will have... [read more]

$1,875.00

Sawyer the Shih Tzu

Sawyer (ID 409426)

Sawyer is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 20, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

“Why hello everyone! My name is Sawyer and it is so nice to meet you! I'm a little cutie that loves my people. I am quite the character. I do... [read more]

$1,875.00

Jack the Shih Tzu

Jack (ID 409428)

Jack is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 20, 2015, so he's 10 weeks old now.

“My name is Jack 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]

$1,875.00

Maxwell the Shih Tzu

Maxwell (ID 410671)

Maxwell is a male gold Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 4, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Meet the most handsome boy ever, Maxwell. He is currently waiting for his forever loving family to make him theirs today. Maxwell is just as... [read more]

$1,875.00

Sweet Pea the Shih Tzu

Sweet Pea (ID 412050)

Sweet Pea is a female brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 23, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

Sweet Pea is the first thing you think when seeing this little doll. She is very laid back and loves to be cuddled. Sweet Pea is a gorgeous female... [read more]

$1,875.00

Belle the Shih Tzu

Belle (ID 412053)

Belle is a female silver brindle Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 23, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

Belle is such a unique puppy she loves laying on her back and being held. She will make you smile with her delicate personality. She will love... [read more]

$1,875.00

Goldie the Shih Tzu

Goldie (ID 412057)

Goldie is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 23, 2015, so she's 5 weeks old now.

Goldie loves attention. Her personality is very laid back but also has a playful sense to her as well. She will make you smile just looking at... [read more]

$1,875.00

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Glacier the Shih Tzu

Glacier (ID 412423)

Glacier is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 21, 2015, so he's 9 weeks old now.

Little Glacier is an adorable and playful guy with beautiful, round and bright green eyes that match his button nose. His proportions are great... [read more]

$1,875.00

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Biscuit the Shih Tzu

Biscuit (ID 412424)

Biscuit is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 21, 2015, so he's 9 weeks old now.

Biscuit is a prince! He is very handsome and has a mellow and sweet personality. Biscuit loves being the center of attention, but is also very... [read more]

$1,875.00

Wyatt the Shih Tzu

Wyatt (ID 412479)

Wyatt is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 10, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

Meet Wyatt! Here is the puppy you have been searching for! He is cuddly, playful, and sweet! He will be sure to be the talk of your town. Wyatt... [read more]

$1,875.00

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Preston the Shih Tzu

Preston (ID 410255)

Preston is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on December 17, 2014, so he's 23 weeks old now.

Preston is a beautiful little boy who is loving, playful and funny. Preston loves to play outside in the grass and he gets along well with other... [read more]

$1,895.00

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Kloud the Shih Tzu

Kloud (ID 408119)

Kloud is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Super sweet, little Kloud is looking for his own family to play chase and to fetch a ball with. Kloud plays with our grandchildren and climbs... [read more]

$1,950.00

Lilly the Shih Tzu

Lilly (ID 410485)

Lilly is a female liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on March 20, 2015, so she's 10 weeks old now.

Lilly is the smallest puppy of the three. She enjoys playing with toys and she wags her tail as she plays. Lilly prefers to stay close to her mom... [read more]

$1,950.00

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Gordon the Shih Tzu

Gordon (ID 412299)

Gordon is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 15, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

"Hi, my name is Gordon. I'm going to be the king of your household. I love to be bossy and I'm very courageous. I will be loyal to my family,... [read more]

$1,950.00

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Hershey the Shih Tzu

Hershey (ID 412300)

Hershey is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 15, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

Look out because Hershey's in town. I'm such a lover, all the girls will love me, with one glance, I love to play and follow you around. I'm a... [read more]

$1,950.00

Cuddles the Shih Tzu

Cuddles (ID 401858)

Cuddles is a female liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on January 17, 2015, so she's 18 weeks old now.

"My name is Cuddles. I am so cute and I like to be held all the time. I love people, give me a ball and I will chase it all over the house. I'm a... [read more]

$2,050.00

Jessica the Shih Tzu

Jessica (ID 404890)

Jessica is a female red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

An adorable diva in the making. Jessica has been pampered and petted from the day that she was born. She is an outgoing and adventurous individual... [read more]

$2,050.00

Tiffany the Shih Tzu

Tiffany (ID 404894)

Tiffany is a female red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Tiffany is a verbal and social queen. She loves talking to you while you interact with her. She is a healthy and happy girl, who will bring smiles... [read more]

$2,050.00

Zing the Shih Tzu

Zing (ID 404895)

Zing is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 8, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Zing loves nothing better than snuggles and tummy rubs. A gregarious soul in a fluffy package, Zing is the one for you. Zing is a sweet and... [read more]

$2,050.00

Zang the Shih Tzu

Zang (ID 404896)

Zang is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 8, 2015, so he's 11 weeks old now.

Zang is a ruff and tumble young man, who loves to play with his chew toys and rubber balls. He will be a happy boy if you give him good scratching... [read more]

$2,050.00

Blackie the Shih Tzu

Blackie (ID 405839)

Blackie is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on February 10, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

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

$2,050.00

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Snowball the Shih Tzu

Snowball (ID 407467)

Snowball is a male white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Snowball is such a sweet boy with green eyes and would love to be your best friend for life. Imagine all the fun you'll have with this cutie. You... [read more]

$2,050.00

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 15 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]

$2,050.00

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Jamaica the Shih Tzu

Jamaica (ID 408148)

Jamaica is a female black Shih Tzu puppy.

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

This is little Jamaica. She is just the cutest little baby doll. She has the most beautiful fluffy, silky and shiny jet black hair coat, with... [read more]

$2,050.00

Rusty the Shih Tzu

Rusty (ID 408908)

Rusty is a male liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on January 17, 2015, so he's 18 weeks old now.

"My name is Rusty and I am very playful and active. I need lots of exercise and love playing with my family. I like to be loved and played with. I... [read more]

$2,050.00

Max the Shih Tzu

Max (ID 409629)

Max is a male liver Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 15, 2015, so he's 6 weeks old now.

"Hello there! My name is Max and I want you to pick me! I love to snuggle and be as cute as can be! My parents said I'm perfectly healthy and up... [read more]

$2,050.00

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Zoom the Shih Tzu

Zoom (ID 410101)

Zoom is a male liver Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 21, 2015, so he's 9 weeks old now.

Little Zoom is an adorable and playful guy. He has beautiful, round, bright green eyes that match his cute little chocolate colored button nose.... [read more]

$2,050.00

Reputable Shih Tzu Breeders

Our Shih Tzu breeders strive to breed championship-line puppies who will enrich the lives of their new families. We work with Shih Tzu breeders whose goal is to breed healthy Shih Tzu and to better the breed. The listed puppies are carefully selected by our Shih Tzu breeders; they breed to produce Shih Tzu puppies with exceptional conformation and disposition - family pets for loving homes.

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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