Shih Tzus require quite a bit of TLC when it comes to maintenance and grooming.
Shih Tzu coats come in a variety of colors and can be styled short or long; Shih Tzus that compete in dog shows usually have straight, floor-length fur, while those who are strictly family pets often have their fur trimmed short to help keep it clean. Regardless of how a Shih Tzu’s coat is styled, it’s important to brush daily and bathe weekly to keep it clean and healthy. Though their coat requires quite a bit of maintenance, Shih Tzus don’t shed as much as other breeds.
Shih Tzus don’t do well in the heat because of their adorable flat faces and have a harder time keeping themselves cool. Therefore, it’s important to keep Shih Tzus inside when the temperature climbs. Luckily, Shih Tzus are great indoor dogs. They can easily meet their daily exercise needs simply by playing inside. In fact, their smooshed faces and small size don’t lend themselves well to long walks or strenuous outdoor exercise, so playing a game of fetch in the living room is preferred to a long hike outdoors.
Known for their friendly and playful personalities, Shih Tzus make great family pets. They do well with children and other animals, though interactions with young children should be supervised as Shih Tzus can be easily injured due to their small size. Though Shih Tzus are generally cheerful, they can also be quite stubborn. It’s important to train these pups at a young age so they don’t develop bad habits that continue into adulthood.