• Shih Tzu

    Shih Tzu are small, compact dogs with good weight and substance. True to their noble heritage, the breed has a proud bearing, arrogant carriage, trusting expression, and smooth, effortless gait.

  • Group: Companion
    Lifespan: 10–15 yr
    Height: 10–11 in
    Weight: 10–21 lb

  • Care

    Shih Tzu with a shorter "puppy cut" require less grooming than dogs with unclipped coats. If their coats are left long, Shih Tzu require daily brushing. To keep painful mats from developing, brush their hair in layers to ensure the comb reaches their skin. Pinning up the hair on top of their heads can prevent eye irritation (and make a fashion statement). A bath at least once a month will help keep their coats clean and looking their best. In addition to keeping their nails trimmed and ears cleaned, start a regular dental care routine. At-home teeth brushing and professional dental cleanings are part of an essential and lifelong dental hygiene program.

    Shih Tzu with a shorter "puppy cut" require less grooming than dogs with unclipped coats. If their coats are left long, Shih Tzu require daily brushing. To keep painful mats from developing, brush their hair in layers to ensure the comb reaches their skin. Pinning up the hair on top of their heads can prevent eye irritation (and make a fashion statement). A bath at least once a month will help keep their coats clean and looking their best.

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  • Disorders

    Exposure keratopathy syndrome (exophthalmos, lagophthalmos, and/or macroblepharon)
    brachycephalic syndrome Cataracts, Cleft lip/palatedermoid sinus Ectropion Entropion Eyelash abnormalities Familial kidney disease Hydrocephalus Intervertebral disk disease Keratoconjunctivitis sicca ( K C S) - "dry eye" Patellar luxation Progressive retinal atrophy Third eyelid (nictitating membrane) abnormalities - "cherry eye"
    Retinal dysplasiasebaceous adenitis Tricuspid valve dysplasia Urolithiasis (stones)

    Always visit a professional veterinarian if you believe your dog may have health issues.