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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 12 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]

$1,175.00

Jimbo the Shih Tzu

Jimbo (ID 414796)

Jimbo is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Jimbo is the sweetest boy you will ever meet. Look into those two toned eyes. They are the most gorgeous you will ever see! He wants to love you... [read more]

$1,375.00

Junior the Shih Tzu

Junior (ID 414799)

Junior is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

"Hello my name is Junior. I am as sweet as pie. I just want you to know that I want to be a part of your family as much as you want me to be a... [read more]

$1,375.00

Earline the Shih Tzu

Earline (ID 414801)

Earline is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

"My name is Earline. I've been searching for the right people to bring me into their home and make me a part of the family. I think that family is... [read more]

$1,375.00

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 17 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]

$1,595.00

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 17 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]

$1,595.00

Copper the Shih Tzu

Copper (ID 411096)

Copper is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 18, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

Copper has such a wonderful personality! He is a happy, healthy boy. Copper will make a wonderful addition to any loving family. Don’t miss out... [read more]

$1,675.00

Trapper the Shih Tzu

Trapper (ID 416094)

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

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

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

$1,675.00

Raydar the Shih Tzu

Raydar (ID 416098)

Raydar is a male liver & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Raydar is quite the loving companion. He will surely make you smile with all his adorable antics. Raydar hopes he can go home to you today so that... [read more]

$1,675.00

Garrison the Shih Tzu

Garrison (ID 417212)

Garrison is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on June 3, 2015, so he's 4 weeks old now.

How can you say no to this baby face? Garrison is just as silly as they come. He is always trying to catch your eye with his puppy tricks. He will... [read more]

$1,675.00

Holly Ann the Shih Tzu

Holly Ann (ID 417215)

Holly Ann is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on June 3, 2015, so she's 4 weeks old now.

Ready to know what puppy love really is? Then meet Holly Ann! This gorgeous girl will steal your heart the moment you meet her. She is that great... [read more]

$1,675.00

Nemo the Shih Tzu

Nemo (ID 411095)

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

He was born on March 18, 2015, so he's 15 weeks old now.

Nemo is a very sweet calm boy, he has a very loving kind personality. Nemo loves to be by your side. He is healthy from head to tail. He will... [read more]

$1,775.00

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 24 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]

$1,825.00

Buddy the Shih Tzu

Buddy (ID 405839)

Buddy is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

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

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

$1,875.00

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 20 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 13 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

Travis the Shih Tzu

Travis (ID 412474)

Travis is a male brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 10, 2015, so he's 12 weeks old now.

Meet Travis! This beautiful boy is ready to light up your life! He loves to cuddle and to have his hair brushed! He is always so sweet and wants... [read more]

$1,875.00

Tim the Shih Tzu

Tim (ID 413552)

Tim is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on March 10, 2015, so he's 16 weeks old now.

Tim is such a fun-loving little guy! He is always happy, up-beat and adventurous! He has been raised with lots of hands on attention and love, and... [read more]

$1,875.00

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Willa the Shih Tzu

Willa (ID 417608)

Willa is a female black Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 1, 2015, so she's 9 weeks old now.

Hi, I'm Willa. I love playing with my toys and going outside to explore. My black coat is so soft and cuddly that you will not want to put me... [read more]

$1,875.00

Chewy the Shih Tzu

Chewy (ID 418098)

Chewy is a male gold sable Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Meet Chewy! This lovable pup is currently searching for a good, loving home. Whether playing all day or relaxing on the couch, Chewy promises to... [read more]

$1,875.00

Addison the Shih Tzu

Addison (ID 418100)

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

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

“It’s the smiles, the laughs, the warm hugs and the sweet kisses, or the joy of just being together, these are the things that really matter... [read more]

$1,875.00

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Scout the Shih Tzu

Scout (ID 418163)

Scout is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 1, 2015, so he's 9 weeks old now.

Scout is a bubbly little fellow. He plays with everyone. He likes to run outside and play in the grass with his parents. He is doing great with... [read more]

$1,875.00

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Coco the Shih Tzu

Coco (ID 418168)

Coco is a male liver Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 1, 2015, so he's 9 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]

$1,875.00

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GiGi the Shih Tzu

GiGi (ID 418282)

GiGi is a female black Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 1, 2015, so she's 9 weeks old now.

GiGi is a loving little girl with a silky black coat. She loves to play with everyone. She will roll over and want me to rub her tummy. I love... [read more]

$1,875.00

Dolly the Shih Tzu

Dolly (ID 415134)

Dolly is a female brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 18, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

Meet little Dolly. She is a real a go getter! She is always on the go and ready to chase her toys. She is a happy little girl and loves to play... [read more]

$1,950.00

Oscar the Shih Tzu

Oscar (ID 415284)

Oscar is a male red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

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

$1,950.00

Lacey the Shih Tzu

Lacey (ID 415286)

Lacey is a female black Shih Tzu puppy.

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

“Hi, my name is Lacey. 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]

$1,950.00

Gracie the Shih Tzu

Gracie (ID 416384)

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

She was born on May 5, 2015, so she's 8 weeks old now.

Gracie is absolutely precious! She has such a loving and easygoing personality. She is so spoiled. I have 16 grandchildren that love to come to... [read more]

$1,950.00

Daisy the Shih Tzu

Daisy (ID 416388)

Daisy is a female red sable & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 5, 2015, so she's 8 weeks old now.

Daisy is absolutely precious. She has the sweetest personality, and she is so loving and easygoing. She loves to follow me everywhere I go and is... [read more]

$1,950.00

Lucy the Shih Tzu

Lucy (ID 416394)

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

She was born on May 5, 2015, so she's 8 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]

$1,950.00

Jemma the Shih Tzu

Jemma (ID 417170)

Jemma is a female red Shih Tzu puppy.

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

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

$1,950.00

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 7 weeks old now.

Rags is the most lovable, sweetest, little boy ever. He loves to give puppy kisses! His coat is thick and shiny, his legs are short, and his nose... [read more]

$1,995.00

Porsche the Shih Tzu

Porsche (ID 399970)

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

She was born on October 18, 2014, so she's 37 weeks old now.

“My name is Porsche and I believe in love. I believe in sharing smiles, hello hugs, and goodnight kisses. I believe in playing fair, taking... [read more]

$2,050.00

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Victoria the Shih Tzu

Victoria (ID 400868)

Victoria is a female gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on February 2, 2015, so she's 22 weeks old now.

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

$2,050.00

Bennie the Shih Tzu

Bennie (ID 407339)

Bennie is a male black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on February 27, 2015, so he's 18 weeks old now.

Meet Bennie! What a cute little ball of fur he is! Benny is a sweet, lovable little guy who loves to be held and cuddled. He has a lively, spunky... [read more]

$2,050.00

Walker the Shih Tzu

Walker (ID 415947)

Walker is a male red sable blue factored Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Walker is full AKC, and comes with his papers. He loves children and loves to play. He loves walks and to be outside. Night time is the best time... [read more]

$2,050.00

Candie the Shih Tzu

Candie (ID 414138)

Candie is a female red & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on April 18, 2015, so she's 11 weeks old now.

Meet little Candie! She is just a lovable little girl. She will make your heart sing with joy when she gives you a little wet kiss. She loves to... [read more]

$2,095.00

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 14 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

Mr. Banks the Shih Tzu

Mr. Banks (ID 415938)

Mr. Banks is a male brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Mr. Banks is full AKC registered with papers. He is dark chocolate and white. Mr. Banks is an allergy friendly and low to non-shedding breed for... [read more]

$2,095.00

Cha Cha the Shih Tzu

Cha Cha (ID 416691)

Cha Cha is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

“Here I am Cha Cha the ‘Beautiful’! Just look at my face, is it not outstanding? I am made for loving, and I love back too. I give the best... [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 5 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

Ella the Shih Tzu

Ella (ID 416698)

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

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

“ Ok, now I ask you, am I white with brown markings for brown with white markings. Either way it doesn’t matter. I am Beautiful! But I... [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 5 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

Isabella the Shih Tzu

Isabella (ID 416702)

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

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

“What more can I say? I am everything you are looking for in a loyal companion and sweet puppy. I play, I run and jump. I am great at giving... [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 5 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

Shannon the Shih Tzu

Shannon (ID 416753)

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

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

"Am I gorgeous or what? Not just any puppy can have a cute little white spot right in the middle of her back. My face is adorable and my tail has... [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 5 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, gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 29, 2015, so he's 5 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 Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 2, 2015, so he's 9 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

Ricky the Shih Tzu

Ricky (ID 415884)

Ricky is a male black Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on May 17, 2015, so he's 7 weeks old now.

Ricky is the most laid back little boy. He loves to run and play but after he's done he loves to take a little puppy nap on your lap. He's got the... [read more]

$2,150.00

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Max the Shih Tzu

Max (ID 415928)

Max is a male blue Shih Tzu puppy.

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

Meet Max. Max is full AKC registered and comes with papers. Max loves children and loves to play. He loves walks and to be outside. Night time is... [read more]

$2,150.00

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Charlie the Shih Tzu

Charlie (ID 415934)

Charlie is a male brindle & white Shih Tzu puppy.

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

"My name is Charlie and I'm looking for my forever family. I am full AKC regstered and I come with papers. I am a small Shih Tzu, and I should... [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 4 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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Petina the Shih Tzu

Petina (ID 417378)

Petina is a female red sable Shih Tzu puppy.

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

This darling little girl will be the delight of your life. She is the perfect little fur baby you will want to hold and hug. Her dad comes from... [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 4 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

Jenny the Shih Tzu

Jenny (ID 407347)

Jenny is a female black & white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on February 27, 2015, so she's 18 weeks old now.

Little Jenny will be the apple of your eye! She is so sweet and lovable she will steal your heart immediately! Jenny has a thick lush coat and... [read more]

$2,350.00

Bandit the Shih Tzu

Bandit (ID 411294)

Bandit is a male gold & white Shih Tzu puppy.

He was born on April 5, 2015, so he's 13 weeks old now.

Bandit is a real cutie pie. He is a little shy about the camera, but is a very friendly little puppy. He will be a great companion and best friend... [read more]

$2,350.00

Hannah the Shih Tzu

Hannah (ID 413345)

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

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

“Hello there! My name is Hannah, but you can call me baby. I love to snuggle and give kisses to everybody I see! Take me home and I'll be your... [read more]

$2,350.00

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 14 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

Thumbelina the Shih Tzu

Thumbelina (ID 415867)

Thumbelina is a female white Shih Tzu puppy.

She was born on May 17, 2015, so she's 7 weeks old now.

Thumbelina is such a beautiful loving sweet little girl who loves to play and then curl up to your neck and snuggle and fall asleep. She comes... [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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