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.
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.