Shih Tzus should be clipped regularly to keep them cool and comfortable. The simplest cut is known as the "puppy cut" and can be done at home. If you start clipping your Shih Tzu as a puppy, it learns that grooming doesn't hurt.Know More
Place your dog on a non-slip surface. Brush his coat thoroughly so as to remove all tangles and mats from his fur.
Chose a high-numbered clipper blade such as a number 10 or 15. Use this blade to clip around sensitive areas such as the face, ears, anus and genitals. Use round-tipped scissors to complete the clipping if the dog is sensitive to the clipper.
Use a number 2 blade to give the dog's coat a general trim. Clip in the direction in which the hair grows, leaving 1 to 2 inches of fur behind.
A Shih Tzu's average life expectancy is 11 to 16 years. The Shih Tzu is an ideal indoor dog, and it is great with cats because of its low prey drive.Full Answer >
The cost of shih tzu puppies is dependent on their health and quality, averaging between $400 to $700 but sometimes spiking to $1,000 or higher. The American Kennel Club also factors in the cost of raising a healthy puppy, such as regular grooming, vet visits, toys, food, supplies, ID and so on. The AKC advises starting an emergency fund for a pet dog to cover unexpected accidents and illnesses.Full Answer >
Shih tzus are companion dogs, meaning that they make good pets because they crave human companionship. Because Shih tzus do not hunt or guard, they are typically friendly to most humans and dogs they encounter. Shih tzus love to play with kids, but the play should be monitored so the dog doesn't get hurt by an overanxious child.Full Answer >
The Shih Tzu ranges from 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 9 to 16 pounds. The name Shih Tzu means "lion," and this breed has its origins in Tibet.Full Answer >