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Shih Tzu insurance and breed information

The small dog with a big bark, the Shih Tzu loves to be loved by their owners.

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At a glance

Up to 1 hour of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 10+ years

Small, between 4kg and 8kg

Relaxed, affectionate, low maintenance

Silhouette of a Shih Tzu dog showing they can be between 20 and 28cm tall.

Up to 1 hour of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 10+ years

Small, between 4kg and 8kg

Relaxed, affectionate, low maintenance

Silhouette of a Shih Tzu dog showing they can be between 20 and 28cm tall.

Shih Tzus - low maintenance, loving dogs

Shih Tzus make the perfect companion for small and quiet households. Shih Tzus don’t possess a natural working ability as they've only been bred as household pets. This makes them happy with short daily walks, or a bit of at-home game playing instead. They love a cuddle and are caring dogs. They can be vocal and will tell you if they aren’t happy or need something from you.

Buying or rehoming a Shih Tzu

Whether you buy or adopt your Shih Tzu, you’ll need to prepare your home and family before they arrive. This will make the transition easier for you and your new addition. Here are a couple of points to think about before bringing them home:

  • Learn about dog exercise and socialisation needs. Shih Tzus are usually lap dogs, but they still have energy to burn
  • Prepare your family, especially young children. Dogs need space and time to relax, especially in a new environment
  • Ensure your garden is secure
  • Buy a collar, lead, dog bowls and an ID tag. You’ll want to have a comfy bed for them too
  • Decide on a nutritious and balanced diet for your dog and buy some food
  • Look at pet insurance options. Any dog can get sick or have an accident at any time

Fun fact

Shih Tzus are relatively low maintenance in terms of exercise needs. However, keeping their fast-growing longer coats in tip-top condition can require more work.

Top 5 health conditions in Shih Tzus

We’ve put together the most common claimed for conditions for Shih Tzus. Data is based on MORE THAN pet insurance customer claims.

Condition
Number of claims
Average paid out
87
£1,199.91
51
£864.34
41
£755.11
41
£641.15
39
£1,004.62
Condition
Number of claims
87
Average paid out
£1,199.91
Condition
51
Average paid out
£864.34
Condition
41
Average paid out
£755.11
Condition
41
Average paid out
£641.15
Condition
39
Average paid out
£1,004.62
Based on MORE THAN data 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. Average cost paid out includes excess.

Common health issues and problems in Shih Tzus

Shih Tzus are overall considered a healthy breed, with a usual lifespan of over 10 years.

Some health conditions in Shih Tzus can be down to their genetic history. Others may be down to shared traits within the breed.

Click on the hotspots to learn about the most common health issues for Shih Tzus. Information is provided by our in-house vet team (October 2022).

Shih Tzu illustration.
BOAS
Dry eye
Dental issues
Intervertebral disc disease
Luke Mallion, our in house vet, seated.
A green Quote, speech mark.
"Shih Tzus are a Brachycephalic breed, meaning they have flat faces. This puts them at higher risk of breathing issues. So, it’s important to give them plenty of breaks when exercising and allow them to cool down, especially in the warmer months."
Luke Mangion, MORE THAN Vet

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Shih Tzu sitting on woman's lap
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Shih Tzu sitting on woman's lap
Shih Tzu on rug
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