Know your shih Tzu:

A care guide for a happy and healthy fur baby!

The reign of the little lion! With their magnificent mane and regal demeanour, Shih Tzu means ‘little lion’ in Mandarin. Reminiscent of their heritage as esteemed pets of Chinese emperors, Shih Tzu’s are affectionate companion animals who form strong attachments in the warmth of a loving home and have a way of filling your life with unconditional love and boundless joy, read on.


Shih Tzu – a breed apart

  • The perfect companion

Known for their compliant and friendly nature, Shih Tzu’s have no trouble getting along with people of all ages as well as with other canine and non canine pets once they are properly socialized

  • Fluffy cuteness, guaranteed

Long and dense hair with a thick undercoat, one of the breed’s best-known traits, is also the Shih Tzu’s primary weapon of cuteness. Be it black, white, silver and white, brindle and white or black and gold – the Shih Tzu is indeed a sight and will make you believe in love at first sight!

  • Little bundles of life

Equal parts energetic and easygoing, the Shih Tzu loves to keep busy with physical activity and lots of cuddling. With a unique personality that communicates by barking, it’s best to train your Shih Tzu attentively and assertively.

Nutrition nuggets

  • Live a longer and barktastic life

While they live long lives of upto 16 years, Shih Tzu’s are vulnerable to two main sensitivities – irritable skin and heart ailments. A healthy and nutritious diet can address these concerns to support your Shih Tzu’s optimal health.

  • Wellness without worries

A healthy Shih Tzu is playful and fun to be around, often capturing the attention of all. You can enjoy every minute you spend together by taking the best care of their health. Royal Canin’s recommendation for optimal nutrition is mixed dry and wet feeding. Royal Canine recipe, be it kibbles or wet, contains powerful nutrients in a palatable formula that Shih Tzus adore.

  • Pawsitive tips & tricks

With your Shih Tzu’s health in focus, these research-based scientific nutrition tips will help you care for them in the best possible way:

Woof-tastic grooming rituals

The Shih Tzu’s impressive double coat calls for grooming that’s tailored to its length. Ward off tangles and mats for long coats with gentle daily brushing. Safeguard their expressive eyes with a top knot or a stylish, short cut. Medium length coats may be groomed every two days, whereas short coats Shih Tzus should be given a grooming session every three days. While shredding is average, if not less, monthly bathing, regular teeth brushing, nail trimming and ear cleaning are all recommended as part of their regular care.

Paws-itive health and veterinary care

Characterized by its thick, lengthy coat, ruffled face, and long whiskers – the Shih Tzu’s unique appearance requires extensive time and attention to maintain its shiny and abundant fur. The breed’s sensitive skin is prone to skin allergies and becomes the cause of veterinary visits.

Royal Canin Shih Tzu is a tailor-made food that addresses exactly these specific needs through nutrition. Providing essential amino acids for hair growth and the necessary vitamins for coat health, this diet promotes the natural beauty of the skin. It strengthens the skin barrier and minimizes skin irritation with a balanced blend of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

The inclusion of high-quality proteins and prebiotic fibers works to optimize digestion, reduce stool odor and gas, and support healthy intestinal flora. The Royal Canin Shih Tzu kibble size, shape, and texture are designed to facilitate gripping and promote dental health by scaling down plaque formation. A worldwide nutritional breakthrough, Royal Canin Shih Tzu promotes a long and healthy life.

Tail-wagging fitness and training

  • Social, but sensitive

Bred to be house companions, Shih Tzus are active and social dogs that require short walks, a few times a day, for their physical and mental well being. Watch out for larger dogs and avoid dog parks for their safety.

  • Positive training prevails

Shih Tzus are a smart breed, but streak of stubbornness can make their training challenging. This is why puppy classes are a great idea. A little patience and positive reinforcement will address their struggle with housetraining.

Common curiosities

  • Do Shih Tzu dogs bark a lot?

It’s true that the Shih Tzu is prone to barking, but that’s only because they simply enjoying expressing themselves! As they may often bark at people or dogs passing the window, investing in some curtains or shutters may help manage their excitement. On the bright side, it does mean these adorable lap dogs are also make good watchdogs.

  • Do Shih Tzu dogs like to cuddle?

Yes, indeed! Bred to be devoted companion, Shih Tzus have this trait ingrained in them for centuries. Theyare known to form deep bonds with their human families. With their friends and warm temperament, the Shih Tzu thrives on the love and attention they receive from their humans.

  • Are Shih Tzu dogs good for first-timers?

Absolutely! Shih Tzus are a wonderful option for those who might not have prior experience in raising and caring for a dog. They are easy-going in nature and due to their small size, low exercise needs, minimal shedding, as well as reasonable trainability and adaptability- they are a great choice for the first-time dog parents.

With their regal appearance and warm personalities, Shih Tzus capture hearts easily. While they may demand a bit of pampering, the loyalty and affection they bring in return make it all worthwhile. Whether they’re prancing by your side or snuggled in your lap.