The Ultimate Guide to Caring for your Shih Tzu Dog

EverythingShihTzu is dedicated to providing you with practical and useful information on how to raise a healthy, happy, and well-behaved Shih Tzu dog.

Black and white Shih Tzu dog standing on a path in a wooded settingOur Shih Tzu Rocky

Shih Tzu are friendly, happy, affectionate, and sociable dogs that love spending time with their people and other dogs.

And caring for a Shih Tzu is not as challenging as some might think.

Once you understand the needs of this breed, you'll see they're really no different from caring for any other dog.

However, there are certain characteristics that set Shih Tzu apart from other breeds, and that's what we'll cover on this site.

From their unique appearance to their mild temperament and tendency toward strong-willed independence, there are plenty of things about Shih Tzu that will captivate you.

If you are considering adding a Shih Tzu to your family or just want to know more about the breed, we've got you covered!

Check out our blog for everything you need to know about the Shih Tzu breed — from their history and care needs to training and more— right here!

Let's Get Started

Learning All About the Shih Tzu Breed

White Shih Tzu dog with an open book in front

If you’re considering adding a Shih Tzu to your home or simply want to learn more, start with the basics.

Training a Shih Tzu

Liver Shih Tzu sitting on bench seatOur boy Max

There are various challenges that you will have to face while bringing up a Shih Tzu at home.

They may not be the easiest breed to train, but once you get past their strong-willed attitude, they become your best friend for life.  

Nutrition and Wellness

Shih Tzu eating a hot dog off a plate of food with various poultry, and meatsShih Tzu Nutrition

It is essential for a Shih Tzu's parents to ensure their little ones are healthy, content, and live as long as possible. That is why providing them with the healthiest diet possible is crucial.

Shih Tzu dog getting a haircutGrooming a Shih Tzu

Grooming your Shih Tzu is an important part for this breed. You may find our grooming article very helpful, here are just a few:

Two Shih Tzu (Rocky & Max) laying on a comfy blanket on a table at the VetsShih Tzu Health

Dogs are prone to health issues just like humans, so pet parents need to know what to look out for and how to respond.

In our health section you learn about:


If you travel with your Shih Tzu, we've got your covered.  As people who try to take our dogs everywhere we can, we've got some great tips for you.

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The Shih Tzu is a loyal breed with a huge personality, playful and affectionate, and desires a lot of your attention.

They are a long-coated breed who, at times, can be pretty high maintenance.

But they will love you, unconditionally, forever -- which makes it all worth any extra attention you may have to give them.

Odds & Ends

When you have a Shih Tzu or any other dog, it can be a lot of work.

You need to have your dog well-trained, the house smells like a dog all the time, and you must clean up after them frequently.

But it’s worth it because dogs are great companions.

Once you own a dog, your life will never be the same again.

They make us laugh almost daily with their antics and give us unconditional love no matter what

With that in mind, the following are some articles that you may find helpful and interesting if you are a dog parent with a Shih Tzu or another breed.

10 Dogs That Bark the Least Compared to Other Breeds

The Purpose of Microchipping Your Dog

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Asher has made it his mission to rescuing animals from abusive and neglectful situations. He provides them with a safe and loving home at his sanctuary, where they can live out the rest of their days in peace and happiness.

His genuine compassion and dedication for the well-being of animals is easy to see and feel, it's impossible not to be inspired.

Be sure to visit his videos and get ready to feel your heart overflow.


Have you found your forever Shih Tzu yet?

My RockyRocky

If you haven't already found your forever Shih Tzu, consider adopting from shelters instead of going to a pet store.

A good place to start looking for a pet is at your local shelters.  We called our local shelter, found Rocky, then went onto Petfinder, where we found Max and Rufus.

You may be surprised at how many pets need a home!