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Shih Tzu Dogs & Puppies for Sale

Shih Tzus are beloved for their friendly natures and beautiful coats. Choosing a Shih Tzu, whether a puppy or an adult, needs careful consideration - you'll need to fully understand the breed's specific care requirements. Read our guide to buying and rehoming a dog safely for more information.

What are the characteristics of a Shih Tzu?

Shih Tzus are affectionate, cheerful, and friendly, which makes them a popular breed. They're a good choice for the elderly due to their low exercise requirements, but can also make great family dogs thanks to their outgoing and playful nature.Their long coats do need regular grooming, but are a defining feature of the breed. Despite their small size, Shih Tzus are quite sturdy and enjoy joining in with family life.

Are Shih Tzus a good choice for families?

Shih Tzus are known for their loving nature and get along well with children and other pets, which makes them a good choice for families. Their gentle and patient personalities mean they can live easily with children of all ages, although any interactions should be supervised to make sure the dog is not accidentally injured through rough play.

Are there any downsides to owning a Shih Tzu?

Prospective Shih Tzu owners should be aware that their beautiful coats do need maintenance to stay that way - daily brushing is important to prevent tangles and mats, and they also benefit from occasional baths. They are also prone to certain health issues, such as breathing problems due to their brachycephalic face, eye concerns, and hip dysplasia. Finally, Shih Tzus can take longer than other dogs to house train, and tend to have a stubborn streak which can make training overall more of a challenge.

How much does a Shih Tzu puppy cost?

In the UK, the cost of a Shih Tzu puppy can range significantly based on factors like location, the puppys lineage, health screenings, and whether the puppy has received any vaccinations. Prices generally span from £3500 to £31,500. Prospective owners should also consider the ongoing costs of grooming, vets bills, insurance, and feeding.

How long do Shih Tzus typically live?

Shih Tzus, as with many small dogs, have a relatively long lifespan. They can often live between 10 to 16 years, especially if they receive proper care, nutrition, and regular vet check-ups to keep on top of any health conditions.

Are there any common health issues I should be aware of?

Shih Tzus may face certain health challenges. Like many other brachycephalic breeds, they can suffer from breathing issues such as brachycephalic syndrome. They are also prone to eye problems and hip dysplasia. If you're rehoming a Shih Tzu, it's important to choose an owner who is open about the health history of their animals.

How much grooming do Shih Tzus need?

Shih Tzus have relatively low exercise needs, but are fairly demanding as far as grooming goes. Their dense coats need to be cared for regularly - daily brushing is recommended to keep their hair free of mats and tangles, along with regular baths. Some owners choose to do this themselves, but many take their dogs to professional groomers who will help to maintain a manageable coat length and also ensure eye and ear cleanliness.

Is a Shih Tzu the right dog for me if I have a small living space?

Shih Tzus are ideal for living in smaller homes like flats or apartments due to their small stature. Their exercise needs are fairly low - especially compared to other, larger breeds of dog - and they are largely content with indoor play sessions and short on-lead walks.

How often should I exercise my Shih Tzu?

Despite their small size, Shih Tzus benefit from daily exercise to maintain both their physical and mental health. This doesn't need to be a large time commitment - short walks and play sessions indoors or in a securely fenced garden should be enough to keep them happy and healthy.

How can I find a Shih Tzu to rehome?

Gumtree features a range of Shih Tzu listings to explore, whether you're looking for a puppy or an adult dog. We recommend browsing our listings and contacting owners who are committed to health testing and raising well-socialised animals. Your chosen owner should be happy to answer any questions you might have about the animal's lineage, and the breed in general.

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Are there similar breeds I might consider?

If you like the idea of a Shih Tzu, you could also explore breeds like the Maltese, Lhasa Apso, or Pekingese. These breeds share some of the Shih Tzu's traits, such as their compact size and affectionate nature, but may have different grooming needs or temperaments.

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