How to look after a Shih Tzu.

How to look after a Shih Tzu.

I have a little RSPCA rescue Shih Tzu called Bonnie, who has fit into our lives perfectly. So this is just a post about how we look after her as a breed and certain things that come along with it. Although, Bonnie is a cross with another breed I am going to treat this post as she is a full Shih Tzu.

As Bonnie’s coat can get quite long we have to make sure that she is booked in for a trim when about every 8 weeks, where she goes to Dappers to be made tiny again. Alongside, grooming her in between her cuts to stop her from getting matted. We alway’s make sure she has a short coat in the summer as she overheats and then can’t walk very far. This is because as a breed, Shih Tzu’s have such small snout’s making their airways really small she struggles to catch her breath sometimes…


In this photo she looks very grumpy but I promise she is the most loving dog ever especially considering she was found from a puppy farm.

We have to be careful with what we feed Bonnie as she has a slight wheat allergy, which means that we need to check what actually goes into the food that we buy for her. If she has wheat in her food it can make the brown stains on her eyes worse, because her tears start to react with her fur. She can not have too much food either else it definitely starts to show in her little belly… 😉


We try out best to reduce the stains on her eyes by cleaning them everyday and making sure that her eyes are not weeping. Also, we spoke to a lady recently that told us with breeds like Shih Tzu’s their tear stains can also be a cause of something in tap water. So we started to give her bottled water (I know what a princess…) but believe it or not this did start to help her a bit.

IMG_5312As a breed they are so loving and are alway’s there to give you a cuddle. Also, they give a fab welcome when you come home which is the best thing ever. Definitely, could not ask for a better little mate.

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what dogs you have and what breed.

Thanks for reading,

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1 Comment

  1. January 21, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    Hi Phoebe, loved reading your Blog about Bonnie, she’s adorable. I found your page as I was looking for information to read about looking after these adorable dogs, I visited an Animal Sanctuary today and will be collected 2 little girl shihtzu’s very soon, they are very very timid as they have been breeding all their lives and that’s all they’ve done in their lives ! So lots of cuddles and love coming to them very soon. I already have 2 cocker spaniels, aged 14 & 13yrs so should be an interesting and busy house soon ! Take care, regards Tina Mckenzie

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