Daily grooming with a bristle brush is necessary to keep the Shih Tzu’s long coat in a good condition. To allow the Shih Tzu to see properly, it is a custom to tie a topknot with a bow on its head. Some owners may prefer to have their pets trimmed for easier coat maintenance. Check the dog’s eyes and ears regularly. The ear passages and the eyes should be kept clean and free of infections. The Shih Tzu’s eyes are very sensitive.
Consult your vet to use special eye drops if needed. Shih Tzus are perfect dogs for allergy sufferers, as they shed little to no hair.
Shih Tzu puppies should be fed at regular intervals and are never to be force fed as they eat only when hungry. Some food and water should be left in front of their crates at night. Restricting their movements by baby gates or confining them to a secure spot with chewable toys is a must, to prevent accidents. Vaccination should be administered carefully to boost their immunity.
Pups are fragile and owners should not play with them for more than 30 minutes at a stretch. Small children often confuse them with toys and might harm them unknowingly and thus, the pups should be kept under strict watch.