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Shih Tzu Dog Breed Information | Kellyville Pets

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Thinking of getting a Shih Tzu Puppy? Get all the information you need in our dog breed guide to see if a Shih Tzu is the right dog for you.

Fast Facts:

How long will my Shih Tzu live? 12-16 years

What will my dogs energy levels be like? Moderate

How big will my Shih Tzu grow? 4-9kg 

Will a Shih Tzu be suitable for my family? Dogue de Bordeaux's are suitable for most families

What size housing is recommended for my Shih Tzu? Backyard not essential

Shih Tzu Temperament

The Shih Tzu is an affectionate, boisterous and playful breed. They generally do well in any type of home and are quite happy around children as well as other dogs and pets, given they have been properly socialised as a puppy.

They are an affectionate and clever breed, however training them requires patience and consistency on the owners behalf. The Shih Tzu can be a fairly vocal breed so it is important to teach them from an early age that unprovoked barking is not okay. If it is an issue that develops it is essential that it is dealt with before it becomes a habit. It is also important to remember not to ‘baby’ small breeds like Shih Tzu’s, as they can become bossy and demanding - believing they are the top of the hierarchy in your home.

Shih Tzu Health Issues

Patella Luxation: An abnormally shallow groove in the knee, which causes the knee cap (patella) to slip out of position.

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome: A medical term that relates to multiple upper airway problems experienced in short-nosed, flat-faced breeds. These issues are due to the physical characteristics of these breeds, such as narrowed nostrils, an abnormally small windpipe or an overly long, soft palate.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): A group of retinal degeneration diseases that worsens over time and can lead to impaired vision or even blindness.


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CARE GUIDE © Copyright 2016 Kellyville Pets - All information found in this care guide is based upon our own experience. The information provided is not the only information available. In any medical situations,  you should always consult your vet, including questions regarding your pet's diet.