Some Shih Tzu Information Tidbits To Get To Know This Breed

Some Shih Tzu information you'll find here, may help guide you with what you can expect, when considering this dog breed for a family pet.

Beautiful Shih Tzu

Although my personal opinion is that they are the best choice of all the small breeds of dogs, and their personalities make them the best family pet, they may not be for everyone.

So before you bring this little bundle of adorableness home with you, there is some basic Shih Tzu information you should be aware of, including...

Shih Tzu Health Information

Probably one of the most important bit of Shih Tzu information to know is about the possible health problems of these breed.

puppy cuddling with his mom

Shih Tzu dogs that are purchased from reputable breeders usually will not typically have health problems, due to following high breeding standards as designated by the AKC.

Although this breed is typically considered to be a healthy one, they still have their share of health issues which can be inherited.

Some of these health concerns include

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome.  Dogs with short noses are more prone to developing brachycephalic syndrome, which is a problem with the airflow in the upper respiratory tract.

  • Intervertebral disc disease is a serious neurological problem.

  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is an issue with dry eyes that can cause discharge.

  • Distichiasis is a rare disorder of abnormal growth of hairs on the eyelids.

Some other common health issues may also include

  • Renal Dysplasia
  • ear and eye problems
  • teeth
  • hypothyroidism
  • bone and joint disorders
  • heat exhaustion

Personality Information

The Shih Tzu personality is known for being devoted to their owners, calm, self-possessed, playful, stubborn, and affectionate.

Tan and White Shih Tzu

This breed make wonderful family pets as they are very lovable, usually non-aggressive, and playful.

However, Shih Tzu enjoy receiving lots of attention, so if you are looking for a pet that rarely wants affection, this breed is not for you.

House Training a Shih Tzu

Naturally, anyone buying a puppy will have to either hire a trainer or house train the dog themselves.

If you buy a Shih Tzu that is already an adult, house training is typically not necessary.

It’s been alleged that Shih Tzu can be hard to train, that they can be stubborn and want to play instead, but with patience and a steady routine, it can be accomplished sooner than later.

Two Shih Tzu puppies having fun

Nutrition Information

One thing you should know about the Shih Tzu dog breed is that they don’t eat very much, so do not turn into panic mode once you notice that he is not eating as much as other breeds of dogs do.

When it comes to choosing dog food for your Shih Tzu, it’s best to always make sure that it has passed certified inspection.

Check out our top picks for the best dog food.

Something I’ve heard is that you should never feed a dog pork, because it does not digest properly, which can result in diarrhea, vomiting, or death.  I don't know how true that is, but I wasn't willing to find out.

If you are still uncertain on which dog food brand to feed to your Shih Tzu, consult your veterinarian.

Since the Shih Tzu have short noses, it’s best to provide him with a shallow food dish and water bowl so he will not have a hard time drinking or eating from it.

Those that are made of stainless steel are most recommended.

Shih Tzu on bench

Shih Tzu Grooming

This dog breed are naturally adorable so they really do not need much grooming just to look good.

However when it comes to grooming, the Shih Tzu can be a rather high maintenance little dog.

Well groomed Shih Tzu dog

Although they are considered by some, to be a non-shedding dog breed, they will still need daily brushing to keep their beautiful, long flowing double coat from getting tangled and matted.

It can get quite expensive if you have someone else groom them, or quite time consuming should you decide to do it yourself.

Shih Tzu show dogs are usually bathed weekly, however, as a family pet you could probably get away with bathing them every 3 weeks, as long as you brush them daily.

Even if you keep your Shih Tzu’s hair short, they still need to be brushed and bathed, but not nearly as often.

And while on the subject of grooming, let’s not forget about their ears, teeth, and nails.

Shih Tzu Information on History and Facts

Statue of lion dog

The history is not essential Shih Tzu information to know, but it is nice to know about where they originated and how they came to be.

This royal dog is said to actually date as far back as the 5th century in Tibet.

Over time, they became renowned in China as the noble dog of China and was only found in royal households.

The term “Shih Tzu” is Chinese for “lion.” In a way these dogs do resemble lions, but one that is far less menacing.

Before purchasing, or adopting, a Shih Tzu dog, be sure to learn about its health problems, personality, house training, grooming, dietary needs, history, and facts.

There is a wealth of Shih Tzu info available about the breed, that will help ensure that you are able to provide your new companion with the highest quality care and love possible.

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