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Shih Tzu

Breed: Shih Tzu Find Litters

Thought to originate in ancient China or Tibet, the Shih Tzu is a beautiful, friendly, lively, devoted companion. Sometimes called the Chrysanthemum Dog, the Shih Tzu is a very old breed of dog which makes a great companion and is great with kids. Because of their long coat and fast-growing hair, they need to be groomed regularly.

Shih Tzus are generally healthy, but like all breeds of dogs, they're prone to certain conditions and diseases such as Allergies and Canine hip dysplasia.

Common Medical Disorders

Eye disorders
  • Cataracts
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) - "dry eye"
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Third eyelid (nictitating membrane) abnormalities - "cherry eye"
Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Patellar luxation
Gastrointestinal disorders Cleft lip/palate
Skin disorders Dermoid sinus
Urinary and reproductive disorders Familial kidney disease

Lifetime Cost of Ownership

Accessories £8 per month. Total £960
Food £30 per month. Total £3,600
Health and Dental £10 per month. Total £1,200
Veterinary Care Traditional pet insurance for a Shih Tzu would be £2,677 over ten years. Equivalent cover through claim sharing would cost £1,874. Claim sharing saves you £803.
10 Year Cost £8,437 with insurance or save £803 with claim sharing


Character Affectionate, Outgoing, Lively.

Breed Information

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