Shih Tzu is a healthy breed generally but can suffer from certain health issues. It can suffer from allergies, hip dysplasia and breathing problems, dental issues, and other health concerns that may include;
- Eye injuries
- Ear Infections
- Autoimmune diseases
- Renal Dysplasia
- Soft palates and pinched nostrils
- Progressive retinal atrophy
What about shedding, do Shih Tzus shed a lot?
Shih Tzus, unlike other breeds, have low shedding coats because they have hair, not fur. To keep their coat in a good condition, regular grooming sessions are needed.
I’ve heard that this is a hypoallergenic dog, is it true?
All dogs shed dander, and this can trigger an allergy in anyone, however, this is not true because Shih Tzus have low shedding coats made of hair. If you have any pet allergies, spend some time around a Shih Tzu, and consider living under a roof with one of these charming little dogs.
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Is it hard to train a Shih Tzu puppy?
In fact, Shih Tzus can be stubborn when in the mood, although they are very smart dogs. It can take more time and effort to train Shih Tzus compared to other small breeds.
I have two toddlers, would a Shih Tzu be a good fit for my children?
One of the most friendly dogs by nature is in fact better for families with older children than toddlers because toddlers can be pushy and boisterous around small dogs. When Shih Tzus are cornered or threatened in any way, they will turn around and nip. You can avoid this.
Can I get this type of breed if I have a cat or other animals at home?
Shih Tzus should not be trusted around animals they have not met before, but they are good around cats and pets they have grown up with.
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