SHIH TZU

With its cute dark eyes and child-like innocence, Shih Tzus are one of the most loved small breed dogs across the globe. Their soft and loving personality, coupled with their small size, makes them the ideal dogs for people living in small apartments.

Fast Facts On Shih Tzu

    • Origin

      China
    • Weight

      Male: 4 - 7.25 Kg
      Female: 4 - 8.10 Kg
    • Height

      20 - 28 cm (Both Male & Female)
  • Coat

    Soft and Long Double Coat
  • Skin Colour

    Gold, Dark/Light Brown, White, Black, Grey, Liver
  • Life Span

    10 - 15 years

Shih Tzu Characteristics

  • Energy Level

    Medium
  • Exercise Needs

    Low
  • Playfulness

    Very Playful
  • Affection Level

    Very Affectionate
  • Friendliness With Other Dogs

    Very Friendly
  • Friendliness Toward Strangers

    Very Friendly
  • Tendency to Bark

    High
  • Tendency to Drool

    Low
  • Watchdog Ability

    Medium
  • Guarding Potential

    Not Very Protective
  • Grooming Needs

    High Maintenance
  • Cold Tolerance

    Low Tolerance
  • Heat Tolerance

    Low Tolerance
  • Veterinarian Visit

    Frequent

What Are The Best Foods For Shih Tzus?

Food For Newborn Shih Tzus (0 to 2 months)

Newborn Shih Tzus gets full nourishment from their mother’s milk. If the mother’s milk is not available, you can feed them with a good canine milk replacer or some high-quality semi-moist foods. Below are some of the best foods for newborn Shih Tzus:

  1. 10% Off
    Pedigree Pro Mother & Pup Starter Dog Food 3 Kg
    Pedigree Pro Mother & Pup Starter Dog Food 3 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,080.00 Regular Price ₹1,200.00
  2. Fidele Puppy Starter Dog Food 4 Kg
    Fidele Puppy Starter Dog Food 4 Kg
    ₹1,900.00
  3. 10% Off
    Hill's Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley Entre Canned Food
    Hill's Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley Entre Canned Food
    Special Price ₹300.00 Regular Price ₹330.00
  4. Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate All Breeds Puppy Starter 12 Kg
    Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate All Breeds Puppy Starter 12 Kg
    ₹7,090.00
  5. 13% Off
    Royal Canin Mini Starter Dog Food 8.5 Kg
    Royal Canin Mini Starter Dog Food 8.5 Kg
    Special Price ₹5,209.00 Regular Price ₹5,920.00

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Food For Puppy Shih Tzus (2 to 10 months)

A balanced diet is required for Shih Tzus puppies having high protein and fats, with low carbohydrates. Puppies tend to consume more due to their high activity level. Some of the best foods for puppy Shih Tzus are:

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    Fidele Puppy Small & Medium Breed Dog Food 4 Kg
    Fidele Puppy Small & Medium Breed Dog Food 4 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,630.00 Regular Price ₹1,815.00
  2. Hills Science Diet Puppy Small Bites 8 kg
    Hills Science Diet Puppy Small Bites 8 kg
    ₹4,700.00
  3. Acana Puppy & Junior Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    Acana Puppy & Junior Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    ₹6,899.00
  4. Farmina N & D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate  Puppy Dog Food 2.5 kg ( Mini)
    Farmina N & D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Dog Food 2.5 kg ( Mini)
    ₹1,890.00
  5. 15% Off
    Royal Canin Mini Puppy Dog Food 4 Kg
    Royal Canin Mini Puppy Dog Food 4 Kg
    Special Price ₹2,389.00 Regular Price ₹2,810.00

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Food For Adult Shih Tzus (10 months-9 Years)

Adult Shih Tzus need a diet that consists of at least 50% protein content. It helps in maintaining healthy muscles and bones. An adequate amount of vitamins and minerals are also suggested in their diet for speedy metabolism. Below are some of the best foods for adult Shih Tzus:

  1. FIDELE Adult Premium Performance 4 Kg
    FIDELE Adult Premium Performance 4 Kg
    ₹1,775.00
  2. Fidele Small & Medium Breed Adult Dog Food 4 Kg
    Fidele Small & Medium Breed Adult Dog Food 4 Kg
    ₹1,675.00
  3. Acana Classic Prairie Poultry Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    Acana Classic Prairie Poultry Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    ₹6,199.00
  4. Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate Light  Adult, Mini & Medium Dog Food 2.5 Kg
    Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate Light Adult, Mini & Medium Dog Food 2.5 Kg
    ₹1,990.00
  5. 13% Off
    Royal Canin Mini Adult Dog Food 4 Kg
    Royal Canin Mini Adult Dog Food 4 Kg
    Special Price ₹2,200.00 Regular Price ₹2,510.00

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Food For Senior Shih Tzus (Above 9 Years)

The dietary requirements of a senior Shih Tzu are quite distinct to that of puppies and adults. Older Shih Tzus only need a low-calorie diet to prevent them from becoming obese. Foods having fish oil is healthy for them as they are rich in omega fatty acids.

  1. Pedigree Senior Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Pedigree Senior Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    ₹580.00
  2. Fidele Light & Senior Adult Dog Food 4 Kg
    Fidele Light & Senior Adult Dog Food 4 Kg
    ₹1,425.00
  3. 5% Off
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Special Price ₹2,100.00 Regular Price ₹2,200.00
  4. Hills Science Diet Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed 1.50 Kg
    Hills Science Diet Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed 1.50 Kg
    ₹1,000.00
  5. Orijen Senior Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    Orijen Senior Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    ₹7,899.00

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Do Shih Tzu Shed?

Not much! Shih Tzus are one of those dogs who shed the least amount of hair. The only time you will encounter a fair amount of hair fall shall be during their coat renewal process, which is once in a year. As Shih Tzus are minimal shedders, they prove ideal for those dog lovers having an allergy to canine hair.

Are Shih Tzus Friendly With Kids?

Yes, they do. As long as the kids know how to play gently with the dog, Shih Tzus would prove perfect for them. It is essential, however, to socialize the dog with children from early puppyhood.

Is Shih Tzu A Good Watch Dog?

Shih Tzus have a sharp hearing sense, which makes them vigilant dogs. If they see someone approaching with suspicious behaviour, they will most likely warn you with a low growl. This trait makes them excellent watchdogs. However, you cannot expect these little dogs to thwart away an intruder physically.

Are Shih Tzus Great For First Time Owners?

Given the fact that they are low-maintenance dogs, they would do well with first-time owners. Yet, the new owners should not compromise on the grooming and exercise requirements of this dog. Also, Shih Tzus are dogs who need constant companionship and, therefore, should not be isolated for long.

What are the Pros and Cons of a Shih Tzu?

Pros

  • Shih Tzus are perfect for folks living in small apartments as these dogs don’t need much exercise.
  • These dogs are polite with people and won’t make much fuss when guests arrive at home.
  • Shih Tzus are known for their high adaptiveness. They can adjust to a new home pretty quickly.

Cons

  • Shih Tzus are one of the toughest breeds to house train. A lot of patience is needed to teach them to go to the toilet.
  • A ridiculous amount of grooming is required for Shih Tzus, owing to their long and dense hair.
  • Shih Tzus are too stubborn for their size. It makes it a bit challenging to train them.
  • They are a little vulnerable to ear and eye infections.

Some Interesting Facts About Shih Tzu

  • The ancestry of Shih Tzu dates back to 1000 B.C, making them 3000 years old.

  • Shih Tzu, in Mandarin, means “Little Lion”. According to legend, the Tibetan Buddhist God of Learning traveled with a small-lion dog, which later transformed into a full-sized lion.

  • Celebrities including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Colin Farell, Bill Gates owns a Shih Tzu.

  • They are one of the agile small breed dogs who can participate in sporting events.

History of Shih Tzus

It is believed that Shih Tzus descended from a cross between Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese dogs. Chinese emperors treated these dogs like royalty and hence refused to sell and trade them. Shih Tzus served as good companions and as watchdogs to the monks in the monasteries. At the end of the Chinese imperial rule, these dogs are said to have disappeared, although fortunately, some of them were brought to England. It is astonishing to know that all modern Shih Tzus descended from just only 14 dogs!. Today, they are one of the most loved small breed dogs among pet lovers.

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