What is the normal life span of a Shih Tzu?

I have 2 male shih tzu's cross Maltese, and was wondering how long roughly they would be my mates, I cant bear to think of the world without them in it. They are 9 years this coming November. I love them very much even though they a little devils.

According to several breed sites, Shih Tzu live 12-14 years. Maltese live 15-17 years.

Alot depends on how much they are loved, and how well they are cared for, so yours should live very long lives.

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4 Responses to “What is the normal life span of a Shih Tzu?”

  1. embigguns says:

    6 years
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  2. spaceytracey3 says:

    I work at a grooming shop and have had shihtzu's and Maltese's as old as 20 yrs. When I was young we had a maltese put down at 26.
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    As long as you take very good care of it.

  3. chetco says:

    According to several breed sites, Shih Tzu live 12-14 years. Maltese live 15-17 years.

    Alot depends on how much they are loved, and how well they are cared for, so yours should live very long lives.
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    dog breeder since 1968

  4. ~Angel~ says:

    Good question, it is good to know all you can about you dogs.

    life span is 14 to 16 years
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