The cons of owning a shih tzu are grooming, training, and potential health issues.
If you want to keep your shih tzu’s coat long, you’ll need to be prepared to brush him for up to 30 minutes every day, to prevent painful tangles from developing. In addition, you’ll need to spend time and money on trips to the groomer every 6 weeks or so.
Despite their friendly and playful nature, shih tzus often have a stubborn streak. Ideally, they should be trained from puppyhood and you’ll need plenty of patience and persistence. In particular, house-breaking shih tzus can be an issue, so potty training needs to start as early as possible.
- Possible Health Issues
In common with most purebred dogs, shih tzus are prone to certain health issues. Although they’re more sturdily built than other small breeds, they may develop hip dysplasia or slipped kneecaps as they age. Breathing difficulties, digestive issues, and a range of eye-related problems may also affect shih tzus, and these will require attention from a veterinarian.