Known health issues
Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome
Shih Tzu commonly develops breathing issues like collapsed larynx, elongated soft palate, trachea issues and stenotic nares. With one problem, the dog can breathe on its own but it if has more than one issues, the health issues can be severe. The symptoms can occur from age 1 to 6 even if they are born with the health issues.
The invertebral disk disease is common in the breeds with a longer back and shorter legs. The enormous pressure can cause a disk to slip in the back then press on its spinal cord.
Dogs weighing under 25 pounds can develop this issue with the knee cap. The kneecap slips out of place and can happen anytime if not present at birth.
This disease happens when the hip ball joint slips out of place. This can happen as early as 4 months of age but may show symptoms when the dog is an adult.
The Shih Tzu with its playful and affectionate behavior makes it one of the top 20 dog breeds in America. Its small size and moderate exercise needs make it an ideal pet for city living.