Shih Tzu

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Breed Group: Toy
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Overview
The Shih Tzu is often referred to as a "small lion". They originated in Tibet, but are most associated with China where they were highly revered as a palace pet and prized companion. The Shih Tzu is an active, happy, and affectionate breed.
Character
The Shih Tzu is small, sturdy, and intelligent. They carry themselves with a noble and proud posture befitting their aristocratic ancestry. One of their most valued characteristics is the eye, which exude warmth and a human-like quality. The Shih Tzu is the least delicate of the toy breeds.
Temperament
The Shih Tzu is first and foremost a companion. They love nothing more than being indoors with their family. This breed gets along very well with older children and other pets. They are outgoing and self-assured, keen and alert. They make excellent watchdogs. They do not do well being separated from their owners and may become destructive if left alone for extended periods of time. They are docile and quiet, but they also love to play. The Shih Tzu is spunky and can be obstinate at times. They expect to be treated as royalty and are easily spoiled.
Care
The Shih Tzu requires extensive grooming. They need brushed daily to prevent knots, tangles, and mats. They need to be bathed monthly. They are not suited for humid climates. It is important to keep their eyes and ears cleaned. Their eyes are particularly sensitive. They are prone to kidney disease and slipping kneecaps. The Shih Tzu's short muzzle makes it exceptionally prone to snoring and wheezing problems. Dental hygiene is crucial to prevent tooth loss. They tend to gain weight easily and must not be overfed.
Coat
The Shih Tzu has a long, dense, and abundant double-coat. The luxurious and profuse outer-coat often sweeps the ground, and may be slightly wavy. The under-coat is wooly and soft in texture. The long hair on top of the head is typically placed into a topknot to prevent eye irritation. The Shih Tzu coat varies widely in color. They are minimal shedders and are considered hypoallergenic.
Training
The Shih Tzu may be difficult to housetrain. The crate method works best. Although they are eager to please, and quick to learn, this breed's stubborn streak requires persistence and consistency. They do not respond to harshness or punishment. The Shih Tzu does very well in obedience training provided it is low-key and motivational.
Activity
The Shih Tzu enjoys short daily walks or vigorous indoor play sessions and games. They are very well suited for apartment or condominium dwelling. However, they love to play outside, so a small fenced yard is ideal.
Weight
9 - 16 lbs
Height
8 - 11 inches
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2017

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How much do Shih Tzu puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Shih Tzu varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Shih Tzu puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Shih Tzus sold is $717.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Shih Tzu with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,800 upwards to $9,500 or even more for a Shih Tzu with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Shih Tzus sold is $600.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $717.00
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,800.00 to $9,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 24351 Shih Tzu puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Shih Tzu puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Shih Tzus true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Shih Tzu Names for 2017

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 24351 Shih Tzu dogs.
  • 1. Teddy
  • 2. Max
  • 3. Sammy
  • 4. Toby
  • 5. Bella
  • 6. Oreo
  • 7. Princess
  • 8. Daisy
  • 9. Gizmo
  • 10. Bandit
  • 11. Tucker
  • 12. Puppy
  • 13. Charlie
  • 14. Buster
  • 15. Lucy
  • 16. Bear
  • 17. Snickers
  • 18. Coco
  • 19. Lilly
  • 20. Maggie

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American Liberty Kennel
Member Since: October 2004
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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We are a Kansas State licensed kennel rasing quality puppies since 1986. We raise Chihuahuas, Japanese Chins, Pomeranians, Shih-TZu, Yorkies, & Hybreed puppies. All of our pups are well socialized. Each pup comes with a health certificate, health guarantee, shots record, and is microchipped. The registries we are affiliated with: AKC, ACA, UABR. Accepting payments through paypal.com & Western Union. A $295.00 Deposit(non-refundable) required to hold pup. Payment in full required prior to shipping. S&H extra charge to be paid by the buyer. S&H is non-refundable. We do not guarantee puppies will be of show quality or be guaranteed for reproductive soundness. By sending money to purchase a puppy the buyer automatically agrees to the sellers terms. No cash refunds. No credit refunds.

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Anonymous asked:
If a Shih Tzu gets attached to an older dog in the family, then the older dog dies, how do you get the Shih Tzu out off depression?

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Maybe another ShihTzu. Younger and see if it will take the older ones place. Just a thought. Good luck.

Anonymous asked:
My Shih Tzu puppy is 13 months old now and he's biting and licking the rear end of his body. I changed foods and right now he is eating Hills Prescription Diet food and all natural snacks, but he still does it.

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Shih Tzu's are VERY sensitive to anything that is fake. The severity depends on each individual pup, but from your explanation I'd say he is on the far end of the spectrum. Perfumes or colognes, candles, the dye or chemicals in his shampoo, the ingredients in his snacks and food, your dryer sheets or balls and laundry soap - all these have the potential to irritate your little pup. If he is otherwise healthy, no worms, etc. then I'd recommend some online digging about the ingredients of your household items. This requires you to look at the labels of each possible offender; if you can't say it out loud or don't know what it is, put it into google "and side effects" or "allergies". Look around at reported side effects and allergies and decide what you can change or do without. Lots of brands touting 'natural' are not in the way you'd expect. The company can claim "natural" because it is a piece of pork or beef or his food has rice in it. I'd try Taste of the Wild dog food and no snacks except unflavored rawhides. They don't really snacks except for training and teething. And NO table scraps. Most people don't know that dogs can have tummy issues (gas, bloating, diarrhea and other more severe gastrointestinal problems plus develop fatty tumors over time ) related to the human food they give their best friend.

Anonymous

Should have a diet with no grain, snacks should be no grain also. Mild oatmeal shampoo. Avoid grassy areas sprayed with insecticide

Anonymous

ORIJEN SIX FISH DRY FOOD, ORGANIC SHAMPOOS WILL FIX THE SKIN ISSUES. HAVE NOTED AFTER VACCINATIONS THERE WERE BEGINNING OF SKIN ISSUES, ITCHING, TINY BUMPS ONT HE SKIN, PINKENING OF THE INSIDE OF THE EARS AND ANAL AREAS. ORIJEN OVER TIME, CURED MY SHIHTZU. I ALSO NOW GET TITERD AND NO VACCINES FOR IMMUNITY TO DISEASE. GOOD LUCK! HOPE THIS HELPS YOU DOGGY!!!

Anonymous asked:
We have a Shih Tzu and she is always itching. How can we alleviate her itching?

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The first thing to do is to take your dog to the vet. She could be having an allergic reaction to something. If that comes back normal, then bathe her in some anti-itching shampoo or oatmeal shampoo for dogs. Brush her fur out completely. If that still does not relieve the itching, then she probably has an allergy to her food and you need to switch proteins.

Anonymous

We use coconut butter on our dogs when itching. Just grease them up, that works every time. Dry weather can cause itching.

Anonymous

Make sure she does not have grain in her food. It stopped our little girl.

Anonymous

T-gel works well, some can have issues with skin similar to dandruff/exema

Anonymous

Put ours on lamb and rice and it all went away. Used Science diet.

Anonymous

My shih Tzu just developed allergies at 9 years - vet suggested salmon and sweet potato from Costco very inexpensive and no treats - the food is working great

Anonymous

SHAMPOO AND FOOD ARE CULPRITS. USE Isle Of Dogs lavender Keratin Sulfate& Paraben Free Shampoo and the Conditioner. My Shihtzu itches with people food of chicken but is OK with turkey.

Anonymous asked:
How do you properly bathe a Shih Tzu puppy?

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A Shih Tzu puppy can be bathed in the sink until the dog is too large for it. However, you should always use puppy shampoo and be careful about the water temperature. Contacting your local groomer and asking them to give you a hands-on training session about bathing your pup will be best. Face to face training is best.

Anonymous asked:
For more than one Shih Tzu puppy, do you say Shih Tzus or keep it singular? I am already the proud parent of one beautiful purebred Shih Tzu and would like a companion and want to be grammatically correct when I tell my friends I have two Shi Tzu puppies.

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Believe it or not, it's grammatically correct to say you have two Shih Tzu pups rather than say you have two Shih Tzu's or two Shih Tzus.

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Updated: 11/20/2017