Shih Tzus are loyal, affectionate dogs that make great family pets. Bred as companion animals, they adore people and will eagerly spend time with you. Additionally, Shih Tzus have an intelligent nature that can benefit from obedience training.

They can be stubborn, so you will need to start training them from an early age. Additionally, regular socialization with other pets, people, and new situations is necessary for them to adjust and become well-rounded dogs.

This breed is very affectionate and makes great therapy dogs. However, you should supervise young children when around these pups, as they may be quite playful and destructive.

These dogs are susceptible to several health conditions and should receive regular check-ups from a veterinarian. These may include skin problems (acne), kidney disease, and eye problems.

Skin Issues: Shih Tzu’s delicate skin can develop an infection that appears as acne. This condition is typically treated with a special diet and antibacterial ointment applied at home.

Kidney Disease: Some shih tzus may develop glomerulonephropathy, a condition in which their kidneys fail. This condition is often inherited and can be detected through a blood test for protein in your dog’s urine.

Eye Issues: Due to their flat faces, these dogs are highly susceptible to eye conditions like keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes), glaucoma, and distichiasis – an excessive tearing that may cause reddish-brown pigment buildup at their inner corners.

Untreated, these issues can cause your Shih Tzu pain, discomfort, and even blindness. Your vet will evaluate your pup to identify the source of these symptoms and create a treatment plan tailored specifically for him.

Tear Stains: Shih Tzu puppies tend to get their eyes dirty from eating and licking themselves, leading to tearing stains around their eyes. This issue is common among many flat-faced dogs; keeping your pup’s eyes clean and dry will help prevent these stains from developing.

Be sure to brush your shih Tzu’s teeth daily and trim their nails frequently. Additionally, it is beneficial to groom their ears once a month for maximum health benefits.

Housebreaking can be a challenging task for some pets, so patience and consistency in training them to use the litter box are essential. This goes double for those with other pets in your household.

Aside from that, they require minimal upkeep. Their coats can vary in length depending on your preference and lifestyle; however, regular brushing and baths will keep their fur looking healthy and glossy.

Shih Tzu’s facial hair grows in all directions, so it must be groomed regularly to prevent it from getting caught in their eyes or nose. You also need to spend time grooming their chins and tummy areas as these areas tend to develop skin problems.