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How long do Shih Tzu dogs live?

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The life expectancy of a Shih Tzu is from 16 to 18 years. This is longer when compared to larger breed dogs with lifespans that average 12.8 years.

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How long do Shih Tzu dogs live?
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Pet owners can enhance the lives of their Shih Tzu dogs by properly caring for them from birth. Balanced diet, exercise, proper dental care and a loving home environment are contributing factors. Spaying or neutering dogs reduces risk of death due to certain forms of cancer. Exercise is as simple as taking a walk around the block after a long day inside. Dogs also enjoy playing games with toys, such as Frisbees and balls.

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