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How to care for your Shih Tzu. Honest advice on caring for Shih Tzu puppies and adult dogs. Feeding, training, and health care.

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By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Shih Tzu Dog Breed Review

Dog breed reviewWhat's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em.

The most honest dog breed review you'll ever find. Temperament, personality, behavior, traits, and characteristics. As an Obedience Instructor and Breed Selection Consultant for over 30 years, I give you my honest opinions about the breed – I hold nothing back.

Shih Tzu FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the traits and characteristics of Shih Tzus.

Training Shih Tzus

I'll show you how to teach your Shih Tzu puppy or adult dog to listen to you and do what you say. My training methods are based on respect and sensible leadership. No hitting, yelling, choke collars, shock collars, or clicker training.

Shih Tzu Health & Feeding

Learn about the best dog foods, vaccinations and booster shots (needed or not?), natural treatments for Shih Tzu health problems, spaying and neutering pros and cons, and more.

Buying or Adopting a Shih Tzu

Good breeders versus bad breeders – how to tell the difference. Adopting your Shih Tzu from a rescue group. Temperament tests for evaluating Shih Tzu puppies and adult dogs for sale or adoption.

Quick Tips about Shih Tzus

Shih Tzu Size
There is only one Shih Tzu breed, which stands about 8-11 inches and weighs 9-16 pounds. Imperial Shih Tzu, Teacup Shih Tzu, Tiny Toy Shih Tzu, and Miniature Shih Tzu are made-up marketing terms, not different varieties or breeds.
Shih Tzu Coat
Shih Tzus have a long coat, but it can be sheared short for easy grooming and an adorable "perpetual puppy" look.
Shih Tzu Pronunciation
Some people are reluctant to get a Shih Tzu because they're worried about saying the breed's name out loud. Not to worry! It's not pronounced the way it looks! Say SHEET-sue
shih tsu, shitzu, shitsu