All pure bred dogs are suffering from many serious health problems, and the Shih Tzu is no exception. Currently, Shih Tzu have portosystemic liver shunt, renal dysplasia, hip dysplasia, Von Wildebrande, various eye problems, cryptordid, albinoism, temperament disorders, and the list goes on.
Pet breeders, backyard breeders, and the dreadful puppy mills, place the blame for health problems confronting Shih Tzu on show breeders, while show folks blame the wide spread up surge in the appearance of the diseases that are plaguing the breed on them. The truth is that anyone who breeds even one pair of Shih Tzu is responsible for the future of the breed. It is irresponsible to proceed with a breeding program without knowing health as well as bloodlines of the sire and dam. It is even more irresponsible to know a dam or sire throws get with defects, and continue to include that animal in a breeding program. If we join together in a concerted effort to intelligently and responsibly deal with the well being of Shih Tzu, we can look forward to a healthy, beautiful toy breed for generations to come.
This section is intended to keep you up-to-date on health issues concerning Shih Tzu, diseases and their symptoms, on going studies, DNA mapping, available tests for various diseases, and possible cures for some of them. For more comprehensive health articles go to
American Shih Tzu Club Health Articles
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