Shih Tzu

Introducing the Adorable Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a toy breed of dog and is an ideal companion. You see, they were initially bred in China for royalty. And the purpose of the Shih Tzu is to give and take pure love. You can bet these dogs think the world revolves around them, as it should. And although they still view themselves as princes and princesses of the household, they are very sweet. They are indeed one of the best lap dogs out here.

The American Kennel Club describes the Shih Tzu in the following way.

“Being cute is a way of life for this lively charmer. The Shih Tzu is known to be especially affectionate with children. As a small dog bred to spend most of their day inside royal palaces, they make a great pet if you live in an apartment or lack a big backyard.”

Shih Tzu Appearance

Shih Tzus are easily identified with absolutely adorable fluffy or long coats. Their acceptable colors are gold and white, red and white, black mask gold, solid red, black and white, solid black, solid liver, liver and white, blue and white, brindle and white, and silver and white. And, they are accepted as a hypoallergenic dog breed due to the low shed.

Average Height: 8 – 11 inches

Weight: 9 – 16 lbs.

Life Span: about 15 years

Not sure if your rescue fits this description? Give us a call to find out at Animal Care Center.

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Shih Tzu Care

The Shih Tzu is an adaptable dog, being most happy wherever you are. They can live in an apartment or a huge home. Likewise, they do well on a farm or in a city. Just remember they are too small and too reliant on humans to be left outside. What’s more, they are OK with being left at home as long as you come home and give them plenty of love.

They are lively, alert, and happy little ones. They are also intelligent and respond well to training. And even though they can be a bit mischievous, they just want to play and make you happy too. That said, they can be challenging to train, as are many toy breeds. Remain strong, and they will fall into line eventually.


Most toy breeds can be a bit picky with their food. But you are the human; hold your ground. They only need one cup of dry dog food per day.

And remember that treats are great for training, but there can be a point where too many treats are unsuitable for any dog breed. And clean, freshwater should always be available.


Shih Tzus with long flowing coats require daily brushing, or they will end up a tangled mess. But most homeowners will give their Shih Tzu the puppy cut, which is adorable. Either way, the coat of this precious pup should be brushed daily. And when you bathe your dog, be sure to brush it first and blow-dry after.

Some folks think the top knot on a Shih Tzu is a thing of vanity but is a necessity. Then your pup will need nails trimmed about every two weeks, eyes and hind end wipes clean, and teeth brushed.

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Shih Tzus need daily walks, games, and more to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. However, they do not do too well in extreme heat due to their flat faces and thick coats. So just keep that in mind.


Most Shih Tzus are healthy and live long lives. However, they do have a few minor dog issues. These may include tooth crowding, luxating patella, eye issues, and respiratory problems. Some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Distichiasis

Furthermore, the best care you can give your Shih Tzu is to have an excellent veterinarian to rely on. That is what Animal Care Centers is all about, providing the best care for pets and their owners.

Shih Tzu

Animal Care Center Loves All Dog Breeds

From the moment you enter the Animal Care Center, you’ll be among the friendly staff, owners, and pets who prefer Dr. Williams. The total preventative care of your pet is our pleasure. So, you need not worry one bit. What’s more, the team will welcome your pet with open arms putting your loved ones at ease.

We are confident that the best care for your furry family member is at the Animal Care Center. Our team provides complete care for your pet’s health needs, including dental care, internal medicine, and emergency care.

Caring for the total pet is our specialty. From eyes and ears to testing and surgery, the people of Smyrna, Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Area can count on the fantastic staff at Animal Care Center and our own Dr. Williams.