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The Shih Tzu training information you will read here was developed by a panel of renowned dog training experts whose combined wisdom represents nearly 100 years of specialist experience training dogs.

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Ty Brown

Ty has been featured in National TV and Radio shows like Voice of America and has been

training dogs ever since he was 14 years old.

NBA players, NFL players, professional golfers, singers, wrestlers, governors, CEOs, billionaire entrepreneurs, and many other celebrities trust Ty because of his unique approach to training their pets.

He has trained dogs in 18 states in the U.S.A and four other countries worldwide and has spent several years working with high level executive protection dogs who make wonderful family pets, but potent guardians if called upon.

Val Heart

Val is an internationally recognized Expert Animal Communicator and Master

Healer who has authored 6 books on Animal Communication and has been featured in several TV and Radio shows such as the Wayne & Jayne Radio Show and Whole Life Radio with Carmen & John LaMarca.

Her uncanny insight into 'animal thought' comes from having intimately worked with over 6,200 animals during the past 30 years, which is why we trust her profound experience when she speaks.

Dr. Susan Lauten

Dr. Lauten has a Masters in Animal Nutrition and a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences.

Recently a guest of

Dr. Marty Becker on "Top Vets Talk Pets" and interviewed by The Oregon Live, she has authored several peer-reviewed articles and veterinary nutrition reference book chapters.

With 5 years of experience teaching Veterinary Nutrition at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Lauten brings unequalled veterinary perspective into how your dog should be cared for both medically and nutritionally.

Sally Rushmore

Sally has a current practice which teaches nearly 200 young dog owners to train their dogs in obedience and

agility each year.

Having spent over 40 years training dogs, Sally has proven experience in helping dogs to love and obey their owners and bond deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship this inevitably brings.

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Shih Tzu: Breed Characteristics, Care & Exercise Needs (Lion Dog)


Group: Group: AKC Toy, KCGB Utility

Also known as: Little Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum dog.       

Ranking: 12 in KCGB


About Shih Tzu

Country of Origin, History of the breed

This Breed is the smallest and oldest, with a Tibetan origin. It is a cross between the Tibetan mountain dog, the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. Because of its cuteness, the dog is named after the most beautiful woman in China, Xi Shi and was favored by the Chinese nobility. It was during the two world wars that this breed was introduced by army men travelling back to the States after the war. It was in 1969 that the AKC registered the breed.

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A General Description of the Dog

The dog has a round, wide, hairy head which is in proportion with the    rest of the body.  It   has round, large, very black expressive eyes and large, heavily coated pendulous ears. Another characteristic of the dog is its square, short, well-cushioned muzzle. These dogs have a broad, wide chest and are not barrel-chested.  Shih Tzus have short, well-muscled legs with well padded, firm feet and heavily  plumed  tails. 

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Temperament of the Dog

These dogs are cute, playful,non-aggressive, intelligent  and courageous. Bred as companion dogs, they crave their owners' attention. These dogs are excellent play mates. Most of the time they love to lie all cuddled up in their owners' laps. These happy, friendly dogs love kids and make excellent watch dogs. Moreover,  these dogs do not have a habit of  unabated barking. They are sensitive and can be snappy if teased. Shih Tzus are obstinate but because of their ability to learn quickly they can be trained easily with little patience.   They should never be overfed as they might develop obesity. They often wheeze and snore.

They can often be found curled up in a corner and therefore owners should be careful lest they hurt them accidentally. They might even suffer from stress related disorders if they do not get enough attention from their owners for a considerable period of time.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

They are fairly active indoors and with proper exercise, are suitable for the apartments,   without a yard.

They are sensitive to the sun and should never be taken on long walks in scorching heat.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

They are playful and enjoy the company of small children. So households   with  small kids may have a Shih Tzu but children often confuse them with stuffed toys and end up  injuring them. Owners should thus, keep them under

How to take care of the Shih Tzu Puppy?

Shih Tzu puppies should be fed at regular intervals and are never to be force fed as they eat only when hungry. Some food and water should be left in front of their crates at night. Restricting their movements by baby gates or confining them to a secure spot with chewable toys is a must, to prevent accidents. Vaccination should be administered carefully to boost their immunity.

Pups are fragile and owners should not play with them for more than 30 minutes at a stretch. Small children often confuse them with toys and might  harm them unknowingly and thus, the pups should be kept under strict watch.

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These are intelligent and can be easily taught certain skills to turn them into well-behaved, housetrained dogs. Shih Tzus thrive on attention and affection and while training them, owners should always use the method of positive reinforcement. Consistent encouragement in the form of praise , should be used to help them adapt to the training process. They should be potty trained and house-trained from a very young age.

Extensive socialization can curb their aggressive tendencies and help them distinguish between friendly and hostile behavior. They are sensitive animals and harsh treatment would yield nothing positive. Acquainting him with words like, ‘no’,   ‘don't’, ‘yes’, ‘sit’, ‘go’, ‘wait’,    and ‘heel’, should make him receptive towards owners.


Activity Level

The dog does not require rigorous exercise. Taking him on walks once daily should be   perfect. It is fairly active indoors.

They enjoy lazing indoors for long hours and may even become fat. In such cases, short walks or indoor exercise can help a great deal.

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Shih Tzus need elaborate grooming because of their luxurious, flowing coats. These dogs should be bathed at least once every week with a mild pet shampoo. They should be brushed daily. Their coat and nails should also be clipped at regular intervals. Ears should be cleaned with an ear cleaning solution. Cleaning teeth at least twice a week will prevent infections from setting in. During bathing, their anal glands should be cleaned.

Grooming your dog yourself, at your home and at your convenience will help you build a strong bond with your Shih Tzu. You will not only save yourself the hassle of taking him to a groomer regularly, you save some money too.


Shih Tzus are double coated. They have a long, luxurious, thick, flowing coat and at times they might even have wavy hair.

All colors are permissible  


Health and Care

Some are vulnerable to ear, eye and respiratory problems. Spinal disc disease and other health issues include entropion , portacaval shunt, renal dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), patellar luxation, and trichiasis.

Cautions about Breeding the Dog

Appropriate tests should be conducted before breeding the dog to prevent genetic disorders from transmitting to the next generation

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Weight: 9-16 lbs for both males and females

Litter Size: 2-4 puppies

Life Span: Average15 years


Male - 8-11 inches
Female - 8-11 inches

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