Live with a Shih Tzu

face photograph of Shih Tzu Toy breed dog

Don't let the fierce look fool you. This is a dog bred to be a playful companion.

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span: 12-14 years
  • Adult weight: 9-16 pounds
  • Adult height: 8-11 inches

What's good and bad about the Shih Tzu?

  • Pros:

    • Affectionate and friendly
    • Intelligent and usually like to learn
    • Much sturdier than their size would suggest
    • Doesn't shed much (but makes up for it in mats and tangles)

    Cons:

    • Grooming demands are high - daily brushing is required to maintain a lustrous and mat-free coat
    • Usually difficult to housebreak
    • May be independent and obstinate at times

NOTE: I don’t recommend using a leash and collar for walks. Attach a leash to a body harness, not a collar. The collar is only to hold dog tags, not drag the dog around.

This is a small, somewhat fragile dog. Tugging and pulling on the collar around your dog’s neck can contribute to a collapsed trachea and other neck damage. Use a body harness.

Here's a 43-second video that demonstrates how well trained these little charmers can be.


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Get the secrets of painless grooming

Pick up the best techniques for brushing and bathing your Shih Tzu.

Don't overlook the need for regular dental care and pawicures

Discover the best and worst places to get a puppy or dog

There are potential problems of getting a dog from an animal shelter or rescue group.

Understand puppy lemon laws and warranties

Many states have laws that protect buyers from diseased puppies purchased from a pet store or breeder.

We’ll identify those states with laws (as of our publication date) and discuss what you should expect from a breeder’s warranty.

Learn how to select the right puppy or dog

Get the secrets of how to inspect a canine and my one tried and true technique to test temperament.

Find out what you can expect from your puppy.

Understand American Kennel Club (AKC) registration and decipher the breed standard

Find out why registration isn’t a guarantee of a healthy, happy dog.

We provide an illustration identifying dog body parts so the breed standard makes some sense.

Learn the potential health problems of the Shih Tzu

You’ll learn about the most frequent genetic problems including heart disease

You’ll get a list of the health tests and certificates that a breeder or other seller should provide you.

Understand the alternative to regular vaccinations.

Get your home ready for a dog

Find out how to puppy proof your home.

No, you don’t need to spend a thousand dollars. For instance, a cardboard box with a waterproof, washable mattress makes a fine bed until your puppy is done teething.

Learn how to housebreak your dog

There is a technique that works. We’ll address using the outdoors for a potty as well as using a doggy litter tray (especially nice for an older dog). Find out why it’s a bad idea to paper train your dog.

If you work all day, you’ll see a schedule that works well for you and your dog. You’ll also learn why I don’t recommend using walks for potty time.

Introduce your dog to another dog or cat

Many households have multiple pets. You’ll pick up several tips on the smoothest way to bring a new puppy or dog into your household.

Cats and dogs can live in harmony especially if you start everyone off on the right paw.

Build a sold relationship with your dog

There’s one technique that I consider most important for a happy canine/human relationship.

You’ll also learn the four things you must do to remain the leader of your pack and prevent aggression and dominance problems.

Understand the minimum training your dog needs

You’ll learn the 5 commands you should teach your Shih Tzu – for his safety and yours.

We don’t expect you to turn your dog into a circus performer. We offer tips for 10-minute training segments.

Get tips on introducing your dog to a baby and children/grandchildren

Find out what children need to know about playing with your dog and others

Make sure your dog is safe to play with children and grandchildren

Learn how to keep your Shih Tzu in good condition

Discover the alternative to routine vaccinations.

Understand the four things you can do - they
aren't hard - to keep your dog in peak condition.

Learn how to select pet insurance

It’s getting more affordable but most dog owners still aren’t insuring their pets.

Learn why veterinarian fees are rising so fast.

Take your Shih Tzu with you when you travel

Find out what the airlines require.

Don’t leave him behind if leave the USA. It’s easier to take a dog with you than it’s ever been.

Learn how to happily combine an RV and a Shih Tzu

Get tips on making your dog comfortable in an RV

Find out the most common reasons dog owners are asked to leave RV parks

Learn ways to help your aging dog

Your Shih Tzu will slow down and need a little extra tender care as he ages – just as you will.

We’ll provide some tips on how you can make his sunset years enjoyable for you both.

Consider estate planning for your Shih Tzu

Find out how to establish a trust fund to care for your dog after your death (many states now allow them).

Learn what to do if there’s no one who could care for your dog if you’re not around.

Tear out and save our appendix - Dog 911

Get tips on minor first aid treatments.

Know the normal range of temperature and heart rate for your dog

Know what to do if you think your dog's been poisoned.

And much more ...

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All the tips, techniques and secrets to Live with a Shih Tzu are revealed in plain English that even a first-time dog owner can understand and follow.

I’m a certified canine specialist and operate the www.ToyBreeds.com website about Toy dog breeds.

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My reports are from 20-years of real experience, not fads or theoretical concepts. Just canine common sense.

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