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.
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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.
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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 ofShih 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.