Adopt A Shih Tzu

Upkeep of a Shih Tzu?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

My partner and I will be adopting a Shih Tzu puppy next month.
He works at a dog grooming facility, so grooming is not an issue.

The puppy is 13 weeks of age, and is estimated to grow to a maximum of 10-12lbs.
I just wanted to know how much we can expect to pay for her yearly…
excluding the price of food, grooming, and toys (taken care of).
Realistically, how often should a puppy visit the vet for a checkup (not injuries or emergencies)?
Are there expensive shots after 13 weeks of age that a puppy needs?

Please let us know.
Knowledge is key. :)
We are not excluding the cost for emergencies/injuries altogether…
The situation is that we have already accounted for that, and understand that cost.
Unfortunately we just don’t know what the prices for everyday vet checkups are.

We paid about $35 each time for shots, but probably $50 for a kennel cough shot (which you need to board your dog, or for some training places, and for some grooming places esp. if your dog is groomed a lot and it is a busy place). They will go about once every four weeks and then only once a year after 6 months.

In addition, you should consider the price of spay or neuter which I would say will be about $300, but you can get less expensive ones through animal shelters sometimes.

Additionally, although you said that you don’t want to account for injuries or emergencies it is REALLY important to consider them!! They are what will cost you the most money. Your dog might be puking one day or just acting weird- you shouldn’t have to not go to the vet just because you didn’t save any money up for emergencies. We probably went to the vet 3 times for puking/diarrhea in the first year. It was free once, $250 another time, and $75 another time. It just depends what is wrong. If something more serious was wrong (dog had a serious illness like Lyme’s Disease, EPI, Hip Dsyplasia) then it would cost *much, much more*.

My husband and i adopted a shih tzu. we bought her in Nov of 2010. we were told she was 3 almost 4. ?

Monday, August 15th, 2011

She was a rescue dog. Humane Society said she was about 4. How can I find out how old she really is and when she was born. We bought her at Petco in Orange City Florida.

The vet can give you an estimate of the dogs age from the Teeth ,unless she has any paper work or they have a history that will give an accurate age not a lot you can do .

Should i buy or adopt a dog?

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

my mom promised me that once we get a floor( we had carpet) that she would buy a dog. Well we got our floor done and were still talking about buying a dog. It may take a while till she buys one cause she other stuff to pay off and what not. I was going to get one from my uncle but his wife took mine -_-" so we basically have to buy one now. Im trying to persuade her to adopt a dog because buying one wouldn’t be right because the dogs at the stores come from puppy mills. She thinks that adopted dogs have problems since they were abused and what not. Shes watched tv shows where some adopted dogs lash out at their owners and stuff. But were trying to get a dog that is small and doesnt grow sort of like a yorkie or a shih tzu. What type of dog would you recommend and how can i persuade her to adopt one instead of buy?

Sorry for the long question XD

Not all dogs from a shelter are because they are abused, tell ur mom that there are other reasons like divorce, moving at a no pets area or mo time for the dog. Buying a dog will only add to the population of dogs but adopting will save a life of a dog in need. Adopting isnt expensive and usually includes spay neuter, vaccinations, microchip and deworming. Pet stores dont include these and sell pups for a higher price, they also dont receive enough care and pee in the cage theyre staying in at the puppy mill and at the pet store. U could also buy from a reputable breeder but its hard to tell from a healthy or unhealthy dog if unseen. Some pups die in a couple days after they are living wih the family die bexause the breeder wasnt responsible so be careful. I believe that adoption is the best option and u should get a mxed breed dog, they are full of personality and one of a kind. I own a mutt that was supposed to be euthanized so it really feels good saving a life. U could get pups, adolescents, adults or senior dogs at shelter so if u do t have time for a pup, i would recommend a young adult or adult. Good luck!!! Glad you want to adopt!!!

i adopted a 1 1/2 yr old shih tzu maltese mix about a month ago and he has bad tear stains?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

i was wondering if there was any good home remedies that get rid of them and if not what does work on them?

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Male Shih-tzu Puppy Names?

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Im thinking of adopting a shih-tzu puppy. Its black and white male and will be about 10-12 lbs when its full grown. I want cute names that would go cute with the name ginger (NOT FRED!!!!) but nothing to goofy! :)
all answers are appreciated :)
Thank You!!! :)

Haha I had a girl shih-tzu when I was little; and her name was mocha. :) For a male, I always wanted to name mine Zeebo. I dont really know why; but i think it sounds ridiculously cute; and its pretty unique. And Romeo is pretty cute too(: It depends on your personal taste

How much to feed a 12 week old Shih Tzu pup?

Friday, May 20th, 2011

We just adopted a Shih Tzu pup today, he is 12 weeks old. How much and how often should we be feeding him? The directions on the food bag/box are not accurate. We have him puppy biscuits and pet food which was fed to him by the breeder. I must add that the breeders say he is quite big and well built for his age.

I would start at a half cup each of 3 times a day. You should be feeding a puppy chow now. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. Here is a link to a good illustrated guide, Did the breeder say how much he was eating?

How long does it take for a Shih Tzu’s coat to grow from shaved to full length?

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I adopted a Shih Tzu who had to be shaved because she was so matted, I want to grow her hair long. Not necessarily full show coat, but long.. how long does it take to grow out?

A show Shih Tzu reaches full coat length at around 18 - 24 months of age.

So around a year and a half.

Our Puppy “Princess Leia” - Cutest Shichon “Shih Tzu / Bichon Mix” - Her First Day Home!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Darcie and I left Saturday afternoon to buy her ski boots and came home with a New Puppy. Of course I had to name her Princess Leia! Here’s a video of our Shichon “Shih Tzu/Bichon Mix” on her first day home! She’s 8 weeks old and was born on 12/11/10. She is very playful! Enjoy!

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My male shih tzu is agressive, please help…?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

We adopted a Male Shih Tzu back in Feb (2011), at the time he was 13mos. We lost our 10 yr old Boxer-Lab, and wanted a companion for our 3yr old female shih tzu. When we got him, he was confined to a kennel and a very small living space, but 1-2 x a day he had access to the back yard to go to the bathroom. When he came to our home, he took to me very well, but not so much to men. (I do not know too much of the previous owners background, nor training methods, except they trained him to "sit" with treats each time.)
He seemed hyper when we got him, and we just assumed because it was the change of living. We have open space for him to roam, he has freedom, and is not confined. We do not have any kennels in our home. The first few nights he slept on the bare floor, even though we had bought him a bed. But a few days later, after he slept on our females bed during the day, he began to sleep in his own bed. He listened to me, and even slept in our bed some nights, both dogs actually. (The two of them slept next to one another at the end of the bed. Very romantic)
He is house trained, but randomly does mark in the house. Everything was going good for the first few weeks, he was behaving very well. He took to my daughter. He and our female got along great, they followed one another… it appeared to be a match made in heaven. They took well to one another. Until she began to spot. (no we never had her fixed, because when she was two we were hoping to breed her, so that my daughter could have a puppy, and one for my father, since he would like one of her pups. She is a very calm and loyal girl, very obedient. She does not go in the house at all. She is honestly one of a kind Shih Tzu.) The two are complete opposites. Since she spotted, and then went into heat, his hormones kicked in, and well, you can imagine what he does. But even after she was done being in heat, thats all he did.

Now, he bites at her ears, her neck, and even pee’s on her. The other day he nipped at my step-father (very deep), because he moved the newspaper. It seems to be getting worse. We have had to separate the two, but then the boy wimpers, as does the female at times.

My honest purpose here is to seek guidance. I have read that "neutering him will not change his aggressive behaviour completely… if any about 40-60%. But based on his behavioural changes… if we neutered him, would he stop being so agressive?
It’s gotten to the point that I cannot let my 1 yr old daughter near him. The female has become shy, distant, not herself, since the changes occured.
Any suggestions?

This is a tough problem, and I’m sorry.

To answer your question, neutering him will solve many if not most of your problems. Neuturing will not ‘take away his drive’ or anything like that, it will simply stop him from being so reactive and aggressive. He will be a much happier dog, I promise you. This isn’t a ‘quick fix,’ but it is a crucial step to putting an end to his behavior.

Also, with regards to breeding your little lady…I understand why you want to. However, there is already a pet overpopulation problem in this country…why do you want to add to it? I know that isn’t your intention, but that is what will happen. Why not adopt a sweet homeless puppy for your daughter and father? Just some things to consider.

Good luck!


Saturday, April 23rd, 2011


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