Shih Tzu Shedding – Why It Shouldn’t Be a Problem, and What
to Do If It Is
If you’re looking for a dog that won’t leave fur all over your house, a Shih Tzu is the perfect choice. These
dogs may have a luxurious coat, but Shih Tzu shedding should not be a problem for you.
Shih Tzus are known worldwide for their glamorous coats. Historically, Shih Tzus have long flowing hair that is
pinned back around their face, but glides along the floor in the back. If you watch a dog show, you’ll see the
commentators and judges “ooohing” and “aahhing” over a Shih Tzu with a long, glistening coat. That coat is even one
of the breed standards; without a good one, a Shih Tzu can never be named “Best in Show”.
If left uncut, your Shih Tzu’s hair will grow all the way to the ground. But many Shih Tzu owners decide to keep
their dog’s hair short, so that they don’t have to spend lots of time grooming it. No matter how long your dog’s
hair is, though, Shih Tzu shedding is virtually never a problem.
The only time you may experience some Shih Tzu shedding is early on, when your dog starts to lose his puppy
coat. However, that shedding is completely natural – and also completely temporary.
In fact, Shih Tzus are considered great dogs for people with allergies. Because they do not shed hair or skin
dander, they are considered hypoallergenic. When you snuggle up next to a Shih Tzu, you won’t have to worry about
sneezing or wheezing!
So, now that you know the facts, what should you do if your Shih Tzu has a shedding problem?
If your Shih Tzu is shedding all over the place and it’s been months since he shed his puppy coat, it could be a
sign of an underlying problem. Chances are that your Shih Tzu’s shedding is due to a diet problem. If your dog
is not getting all of the nutrients that he should be, it can make him shed. Your Shih Tzu’s skin and hair are
just like ours; their health depends on getting the right nutrients. Generally, veterinarians will put
shedding Shih Tzus on an all-natural diet, which eliminates the problem.
In some cases, Shih Tzu shedding can be a result of allergies. Remember, dogs can be allergic to things,
too! Human allergies lead to things like sneezing, watery eyes, and sore throats. In Shih Tzu’s
allergies can lead to shedding.
Perhaps your dog is having an allergic reaction to the shampoo you wash him with, or is having a reaction to
fleas and ticks. The only way to know for sure is to check with your veterinarian. However, if an allergy
is to blame, it’s usually an easy problem to fix. Other Shih Tzus fall victim to shedding because of a genetic
disorder. Just like in humans, certain issues can be passed down from generation to generation. A genetic
disorder is rare, but it’s something you may want to have your veterinarian look into if nothing else seems to be
causing the shedding.
If your veterinarian cannot find a reason for your Shih Tzu’s shedding, it may be because your dog is not a
purebred Shih Tzu. If your dog has traces of other breeds in his lineage, he may exhibit signs of those other
breeds – like shedding. If that’s the case, there’s nothing you can do about it. But if your Shih Tzu’s shedding is
simply due to a health problem, your veterinarian can likely provide you with an easy solution that will make your
dog feel better – and leave your house fur-free!
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