The average lifespan for Shih Tzus is about 15 years. Providing Shih Tzus with regular exercise, a healthy diet and regular vet checkups can help them live longer.
Shih Tzus are small dogs with hair that can grow to the ground. This breed is ideal for people with allergies since the dogs have hair rather than fur. They require daily grooming to keep their hair from matting or becoming tangled. Shih Tzus are lively but gentle and generally work well in homes with children or other pets. They are prone to ear infections, eye problems, early tooth loss and spinal disc disease.