Have you been looking at Shih-Tzu puppies for your potential new best friend? These adorable dogs make great companions but, as with any breed, you should do your research before bringing a forever friend into your home.
Here’s what you need to know.
Where To Get Shih-Tzu Puppies
That means they’re unlikely to be found in shelters. If you’re willing to adopt an older dog or a dog who may be a Shih-Tzu mix, you may be able to find one in a shelter! Just be aware that shelters usually can’t guarantee breed. However, adopting is always a kind and compassionate thing to do so if you’re flexible, go to your local shelters and look at the dogs there to see if you can’t find a companion for you.
For the most part, if you want a purebred Shih-Tzu you can raise from a puppy, you’re going to be looking at a breeder.
The main thing to consider is that you don’t want a backyard breeder or puppy mill. These breeders raise puppies in terrible conditions from parents who weren’t health-tested or selectively chosen for their great temperament. That means you could end up with a puppy who needs a lot of veterinary care and training, even if they seem cheaper at the starter.
It’s important not to support these businesses, as they create more sick puppies.
Instead, look for reputable breeders of Shih-Tzu puppies. If a breeder has a spay/neuter contract in place, health-tested and AKC-registered parents, and a willingness to answer questions, chances are, they’re a good one. Just make sure you look at past reviews and references to be sure. Ollie…
The average price of a Shih-Tzu puppy is between $1000 and $1800, though it can go even higher depending on their lines. Remember, you’re paying for a healthy, well-socialized puppy, and it’s so worth it. Any price that’s far lower is a red flag.
The Shih-Tzu has a very distinct appearance. They usually weigh no more than 15lb and come in a variety of colors, with a long, straight coat.
People often recommend Shih-Tzus as great dogs for first-time owners. People initially bred them to be companions, so in the house is where they’re happiest. These dogs love following their owners around and are often described as velcro dogs. They are happy, outgoing, and sociable, though they do need lots of training and socialization at a young age to reach their full potential — as does any dog. Lion_flower…
They’re lively and playful, so be prepared to pay them lots of attention! They’re very intelligent but are small dogs, so potty training might take a while as they won’t have full control of their bladder for a while. Lots of patience and positive reinforcement is the best way to go.
Shih-Tzu Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Shih-Tzus are fairly healthy dogs and don’t have major known health problems. What will help with this is making sure your puppy’s parents have been health-tested and keeping up with preventative vet visits. You should also ensure they’re up to date with flea and heartworm medication.
Otherwise, their health needs are the same as any other pup! They’ll need a series of puppy shots when they’re younger and until they’re done with these, should be kept away from other dogs and areas with dog traffic. This is because they could pick up parvovirus, distemper, and other nasty diseases from the ground.
After that, they’ll need booster shots and a check-up every year. Ziggy…
Owners have a major debate between themselves: raw vs. kibble?
Feeding your dog kibble is a convenient option and can be perfectly healthy, as long as you bear a few things in mind. Never feed your dog a grain-free diet, as it has been linked to heart disease in dogs. You should also ensure you’re choosing a brand with more nutrients than fillers, so don’t just grab the cheapest bag off the shelf as this can end in disaster for your dog in the long run. With Shih-Tzus, you may want to consider a brand specifically for small dogs.
Otherwise, you can choose to raw feed, though you should use a subscription service. Trying to prepare raw meals by yourself with no prior research is no good for your dog, who is an omnivore with complex dietary needs. Canil…
The good news about Shih-Tzus is they tend to be good for those who suffer from allergies. The bad news is they have pretty extreme grooming needs. They need to be brushed every day and have the occasional visit with a professional groomer.
Other than that, you’ll have to make sure you keep their ears and teeth clean.
You should also cut their nails when they get too long, as neglected nails can get very painful for a dog. If your dog isn’t a fan of the Dremel or clippers, provide lots of high-value treats to give them a positive association with nailcare!