Dog Breed Guide: Shih Tzus

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a shih tzu dog sits down with a clip in her hair.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

About Shih Tzus

Height (to base of neck): 9-10.5″ (male and females)

Weight: 9-16 lbs (male and females)

Color: Their coat can be any color

Origin: Tibet

Coat: Dense long, straight double coat

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Shih Tzu the Right Dog Breed for You?

This friendly docile dog was originally bred for companionship and as lap warmers for Chinese and Tibetan royalty.  In it no surprise then, that this breed is extremely affectionate and tends to do well with children.  They can be alarm barkers, but typically aren’t good watch dogs.  They are moderately intelligent with moderate trainability.  They may require persistence and consistency with training. They have a continuously growing coat and require a fair bit of grooming, daily if kept long, or regular clipping if kept short.  Exercise needs are low to moderate and they can be suited to an urban lifestyle.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for Shih Tzus
According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets receives

Medical Issue Average Claim Amount Most Expensive Claim
Skin allergies $492 $7,959
Corneal Ulcer $554 $5,848
Gastritis (stomach inflammation and/or infection) $395 $2,784
Ear infections $170 $1,408
Gastroenteritis (inflammation and/or infection of the stomach, small intestine and colon) $447 $2,361

Photo of a Shih Tzu

a shih tzu dog sits at the Pets Best Insurance offices.

Photo above: Smash, a Shih Tzu at the Pets Best Insurance offices


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