Shih Tzu

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Breed Group: Toy
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9 - 16 lbs
8 - 11 inches
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2020

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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 $1,447.00. 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 $2,300 upwards to $10,000 or even more for a Shih Tzu with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Shih Tzus sold is $700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,447.00
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $2,300.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 28969 Shih Tzu puppies across the United States on

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 2020

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 28969 Shih Tzu dogs.
  • 1. Teddy
  • 2. Max
  • 3. Oreo
  • 4. Toby
  • 5. Bella
  • 6. Sammy
  • 7. Charlie
  • 8. Daisy
  • 9. Princess
  • 10. Gizmo
  • 11. Bandit
  • 12. Tucker
  • 13. Buster
  • 14. Lucy
  • 15. Buddy
  • 16. Cookie
  • 17. Maggie
  • 18. Puppy
  • 19. Coco
  • 20. Lilly

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Anonymous asked:
My shih tzu constantly rubs his ears on the carpet. I have cleaned his ears with drops and cotton often, but it isn’t helping. Any ideas?

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Please take your dog to a vet. Without being able to physically see the behavior and to look in your dogs ears, there is no way that anyone on the internet can help you. It could be a simple as your dog scenting your carpet, as there are scent glands on your dogs face and sometimes they like to rub their face and ears against things that they consider to be theirs. However, on the other side of the scale, it could be mites, a twig or other foreign object lodged deep in your dogs ear canal, or even a yeast infection. The best course of action is to take your dog to the vet as soon as possible to give relief to your dog.

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How do you handle tear staining on a Shih Tzu besides cleaning the area and trying to keep it dry? Also my 7 month old Meshoe only likes to eat his meals if fed by hand! How do I break him or myself of such? Thanks



There are many products that you can purchase that help with tear staining, such as Angels Eye's. However, tear staining is something that is very pronounced in this breed; so it must be dealt with by cleaning the area daily as well. As for the eating disorder, the best thing to do is tough love. Place the food in a bowl that is easy for your dog to reach and give him 15 minutes to eat. Either have him in a room where he can't leave, or in a crate. If he does not eat after 15 minutes, take the food away. Feed him again at the next meal time in the same way. This will take a bit of time and a slightly hardened heart. Your boy will not die if he does not eat once or twice. Do not give him any treats or food in between meal times. Offer him the food as you would any other dog twice a day for 15 minutes at a time. Praise him when he does eat, but do not give him treats by hand. Put them in his bowl so he understands that food is to be eaten out of the bowl. After he is eating out of the bowl consistently (ie: 7 + days); you can then start feeding him treats by hand, but still feed him his meals out of the bowl.


As a 14 year Shih Tzu owner, if you will give your dog distilled water instead of tap or other bottled water, that will take care of the tear staining and odor that comes from it. My groomer suggested this and I started when he was about 3-4 months and has worked great.

Anonymous asked:
I have been told that there is no such thing as Imperial Shih Tzus. So why are you claiming that they are and why so expensive?

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The AKC recognizes only the traditional Shih Tzu dog. The term imperial Shih Tzu is sometimes used to describe a smaller version of the Shih Tzu dog. If a dog is closer to the lower end of the weight standard for the breed (9 pounds), the breeder might call it an imperial, miniature, or a teacup. If you are buying from a breeder who is breeding dogs that are smaller than the AKC standard, choose one that is healthy and represents the best characteristics of the breed. All Shih Tzu suggests that a 7-or-8-pound dog can still be healthy and sound while a Shih Tzu that is under 5 pounds will likely experience a variety of health problems. Because smaller dogs have smaller litters and there are a lot more health problems in trying to force a breed to be smaller than it is supposed to be; the price tag is going to be higher to offer the breeder compensation for going outside the set standards of the breed.

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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?



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


Our little Daisy went into a severe depression after losing our older dog, Betty. She became very clingy, was drooling a lot, was eating rocks and sticks, was refusing food. We have a new little Shih Tzu, a male, now 15 weeks. After 2 weeks, Daisy was back to normal. The two have bonded and spend hours playing and kissing! She's completely recovered. We were afraid we would lose her, her depression was that serious.

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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.



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.


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




My Shih Tzu was sensitive to being shaved each time she was groomed. Her sanitary areas would get a rash and I would have to use and antibiotic to get it to go away. Stopped shaving those areas and only got scissor cut and no more rashes on her bottom!

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Updated: 10/26/2020